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Landmark Designation Could Derail Controversial WTC Mosque

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The 13-story mosque and Islamic center proposed for a site near ground zero that's making international headlines and inspiring all sorts of absurd commentary could possibly be derailed by that most powerful god of all: the Landmarks Preservation Commission. The Cordoba House would be built following the demolition of 45 Park Place, a shuttered Burlington Coat Factory store with a roof badly damaged in the 9/11 attack. The 152-year-old Palazzo-style building was once considered for landmark designation in 1989, and has been held under "calendared" status ever since, the Tribeca Trib reports. Now, with the building facing the wrecking ball, the LPC plans on holding a public hearing all these years later. If 45 Park Place is granted landmark status (a long shot), that's going to add quite a hurdle for its glass-and-steel replacement?and likely land LPC its first-ever Fox News Channel coverage!
· City Could Halt Mosque, Community Center Plans Near WTC Site [Trib Trib]
· 45 Park Place coverage [Curbed]

45 Park Place

45 Park Place, New York, NY 10007