August 3rd, 2010
03:27 PM ET

Landmark status resolved, NYC group moves forward on Islamic center

Now that the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission has denied landmark status for a building near "ground zero" that could house a proposed Islamic center and mosque, the Muslim organization behind the project says it will begin moving forward with efforts to make the building "a model for community service and engagement."

In a statement on a new website devoted to the project now called Park51, the project's planners said, "Until the resolution of the landmarks issue this morning, we were unable to emerge from stage one, as we could not be clear on the impact of a designation on the architecture and design of the building or its program spaces, activities or programming. We are eager to begin working with our partners, supporters, neighbors and communities, to build a community center for everyone."

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Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • Houses of worship • Interfaith issues • Islam • Mosque • New York • United States

soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Jennifer

    Comment: I feel provoked by right wing fundamentalist Christians more then I feel provoked by Muslims. The Muslim community center is a great addition to the community. In America we have religious freedom unfortunately with this freedom we are all subjected to the uneducated dribble of the Glen Beck / Sara Palin brand of extreme right wing Christian agenda. As an Atheist I have to tolerate all of it that is our constitution. I say I hardy welcome to the neighborhood to the community center may they teach religious tolerance to Christian Americans.

    August 14, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  2. nj

    I think that it is disrespectful to build the mosque at ground zero... New York City is a huge city, is it really necessary to build the mosque there. It's not that I have a problem with Muslim people, I just have a problem with building a mosque in the middle of where at those events took place... it is definitely a slap in the face to any American, especially those who lost loved ones that day.

    August 10, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  3. Myke Barnett

    I think it a slap in the face to the American people if this goes through. I'm not against the Muslim people, but that's just like building a German center in the middle of Israel.

    August 4, 2010 at 8:34 am |
    • 3afif

      Actually It is Nothing like building a German Center in the middle of Isreal. Your condemming all Islam for the work of a few. Stop being a hypocrite please. and as far as Isreal goes, thats a whole other subject of crimes against humanity so don't even go there sister!

      August 4, 2010 at 1:53 pm |
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