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Site of proposed ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ will be turned into luxe condos

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MANHATTAN — The site of the proposed “Ground Zero Mosque,” by the World Trade Center site, will officially be turned into a 667-foot condominium tower.

Manhattan developer Sharif El-Gamal plans to build a 70-story glass skyscraper with at least 15 full-floor units at 45 Park Place, according to Bloomberg. The lower Manhattan space is two blocks away from where the World Trade Center once stood.

A 3-story Islamic Museum, designed by Jean Nouvel, will also be built with the luxury condominium tower, according to Soho Properties, owner of 45 Park Place.

El-Gamal originally planned to build a 15-story Islamic culture and community center at Park Place.

In 2010, hundreds of people stood outside of the Park Place location to protest the proposed Islamic cultural center, dubbed the “Ground Zero Mosque.” Many said building the “Ground Zero Mosque” so close to 9/11 terrorist attack location “would be an insult to those who were killed there,” Bloomberg reported. Then-mayor Michael Bloomberg did, however, publicly support the plans.

El-Gamal scrapped the plan in 2011 and decided to take advantage of New York City’s luxury-condo boom. El-Gamal and his company, Soho Properties, brought the space in 2009 for $4.85 million. They plan to complete the condominium tower by 2017.