News Plans to raze Park51, the 'Ground Zero' mosque April 8, 2014 7:49 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email 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. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.