Report: Plan to move WTC-area mosque to old hospital is DOA
A plan floated to switch the location of the planned $100 million Ground Zero mosque to the site of the defunct St. Vincent’s Hospital Center is apparently DOA.
A source close to Sharif el-Gamal, the developer of the Park 51 mosque and cultural center, told the Daily News that the project will go up where it has always been planned– two blocks from the World Trade Center.
Similarly, city officials and Daisy Khan, wife of the imam connected to the project, Feisal Abdul Rauf, said that neither she nor her husband had heard about the alleged proposal by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia to buy the shuttered medical center – reportedly for some $300 million – and to reopen the hospital while erecting a downtown mosque on the site.
The king has previously said he had no interest in financing the mosque.
If he is looking for a place to park $300 million, he should “give it to poorer countries. . . . U.S. Muslims are much richer per capita than those in Saudi Arabia,” Dr. Shaik Ubaid, New York State co-chair for the Muslim Peace Coalition, told amNewYork.