Plans to raze Park51, the 'Ground Zero' mosque
A real estate developer has filed plans to raze the "Ground Zero mosque," a structure housing an Islamic community center two blocks from the site of the 9/11 attacks, city officials said yesterday.
The Islamic center opened in 2011 amid protests that it could become a shrine to the Islamic extremists behind the deadly attacks.
The NYC Department of Buildings said it was reviewing an application from developer Soho Properties to demolish the four-story building and an adjacent property, possibly to build a new, larger 13-story Islamic center.
But a spokesman for the developer would not confirm that the request to demolish the buildings was a step toward constructing a larger project.