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Juin 19

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New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission denied landmark status Tuesday for a building at the site of a proposed Islamic center and mosque near ground zero.The commissioners voted unanimously against landmark status for 45-47 Park Place. It and an adjoining building are owned by real estate developer Soho Properties, which intends to build an Islamic center two blocks north of the former site of the World Trade Center.

While the public vote was the focus of much debate about the planned Islamic center and mosque, the commission could not have prevented the developers from building such a community center. The commission, by designating the building a landmark, could only have prevented Soho Properties from demolishing the building or significantly altering its exterior.There is a prayer site in the building currently, so Muslims are peacefully praying in the building already. »We will continue going forward with the project. It’s a project that will build bridges, » said Oz Sultan, spokesman for the Cordoba Initiative, the organization behind the planned center. It says the group is « committed to promoting positive interaction between the Muslim world and the West. »

Cordoba opposed landmark status for the five-story building because it would like to build a taller, modern building. « It’s not minarets, » said Sultan, who described a mock-up of the proposed center as consistent with the latest architecture found in New York City.New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and other city leaders support the Islamic center.Opponents, including former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, have argued against a mosque being so close to the scene of the nation’s worst terrorist attack.