Plan for Mosque Near WTC Site Gains Momentum - NBC New York

Plan for Mosque Near WTC Site Gains Momentum



    Plan for Mosque Near WTC Site Gains Momentum
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    NEW YORK - MARCH 12: People look out toward the World Trade Center site March 12, 2010 in New York City. A settlement compensating about 10,000 plaintiffs for up to $657.5 million has been reached in the cases of cleanup and rescue workers at ground zero who sued the city over illnesses related to their exposure to toxins at the World Trade Center site. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

    A 13-story mosque is planned near the World Trade Center site, in a building that was damaged by airplane debris during the 9/11 terror attacks.

    A Lower Manhattan community board said Wednesday that it supported the $100 million mosque and cultural center. The project, called Cordoba House, aimed at creating a space for the neighborhood's growing Muslim population.

    Supporters say the history associated with the damaged former department store was one reason to pick it.

    "I think it will be a wonderful asset to the community," said committee Chairman Ro Sheffe.  The glass-and-steel building would include a 500-seat performing arts venue, a swimming pool and a basketball court. "

    But some 9/11 victims' families said they were offended by the idea because the terrorists behind the 9/11 attack were Muslim.

    Massapequa resident Rosemary Cain called the plan "despicable.'' She lost a son on 9/11.

    The American Society for Muslim Advancement and the Cordoba Initiative said the project would help to improve relations between the West and Muslims.