Ground Zero Mosque Clears Major Obstacle

By Epoch Times Staff
Epoch Times Staff
Epoch Times Staff
August 3, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (C), Council Speaker Christine Quinn (L), and religious leaders hold a press conference on Governor's Island to speak about the NYC Landmarks Commission vote to deny 45-47 Park Place landmark status, August 03. (Michael Nagle/Getty Images)
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (C), Council Speaker Christine Quinn (L), and religious leaders hold a press conference on Governor's Island to speak about the NYC Landmarks Commission vote to deny 45-47 Park Place landmark status, August 03. (Michael Nagle/Getty Images)
The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted against giving landmark status to a building near Ground Zero, clearing a major obstacle for it to become a mosque. The panel announced its vote at a press conference on Governor's Island, Tuesday afternoon.

The project, which is proposed by the Cordoba Initiative, has been at the center of a heated debate, and groups of protesters have gathered in front of the building to voice their opinions against the proposed mosque and community center. Many critics of the project say that building the mosque so close to the site where Islamic extremists carried out terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, is insensitive and disrespectful toward the families whose loved ones lost their lives.

However, Cordoba says that by building the $100 million building it seeks to foster good relations between the United States and the Islamic world. The project has been supported by several major New York politicians such as Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, and U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler.