Monday, November 22, 2010

Islamic community center developer seeks federal funding -

Islamic community center developer seeks federal funding -

The developer behind the controversial Islamic community center and mosque planned for Lower Manhattan has requested federal funding through the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation to support the project known as Park51.

The funding would come from money the Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated to help rebuild the neighborhood after the 9/11 attacks.

"Park51 has applied for a Lower Manhattan Development Corporation grant," said Sharif El-Gamal, CEO of SOHO Properties, the developer behind the Islamic center. In a statement, El-Gamal said the money would "in part fund social service programs such as domestic violence programs, Arabic and other foreign language classes, programs and services for homeless veterans, two multi-cultural art exhibits and immigration services."

An online report said Park51 had requested $5 million, but neither the developer nor LMDC board members would confirm that amount.

The LMDC plans to decide how to allocate the $17 million "towards the end of the first quarter of next year," said Menin.

Park51 has yet to raise significant funds for the community center located two blocks north of Ground Zero, a project that could cost $100-million.


I can't believe the cojones on these guys. Insult to injury, they NEVER get enough and never will. Knock it down, kill, maim, wait till we clean it up and then get US to help pay for THEIR construction on OUR hallowed ground? THAT hurts - a lot, and if we actually give these guys money to put up ... more

Maybe I don't have enough faith in my fellow Americans, and maybe I'm just being a negative person, or playing devil's advocate, but I think this is really going to be too much for some people to take. A lot of folks are already upset and insulted about this thing being built here.

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