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October 17th, 2011 at 12:33 pm | 8 Comments |

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At the New York Post, Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein explain that the Ground Zero Mosque now faces eviction if it can’t pay the rent on its real estate:

Pay up or get out.

Con Ed has given the Ground Zero mosque an ultimatum: Pay the $1.7 million you owe in back rent, or we’ll terminate your lease and take back our property.

Con Ed and mosque developer Park51 have an unusual, uneasy alliance, sharing ownership of a site slated to be one of the most controversial projects in city history.

The utility owns a former substation on the western half of the property, at 51 Park Place, and the mosque developers own a five-story building on the eastern half. The buildings were connected years ago and used to house a Burlington Coat Factory store.

Readers of FrumForum will recall that David Frum predicted that the biggest obstacle to the Ground Zero Mosque being built would be real estate costs:

So here’s my guess about the future. The money will not be found. The mosque will not be built. I have no idea whether the el-Gamals were praying men before they met Feisal Rauf. But I bet they are praying very hard right now…

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  • Frumplestiltskin

    make a situation such a hot potato that no Muslims will feel secure to go there or confident in the future preventing them from making donations there and then gloat when they run out of money. Yeah, that is the way to go. Freedom of religion for me, but not for thee.

    If a Baptist church was built there, or a Catholic church, or a Jewish Temple there would have been no notice whatsoever.

  • Rob_654

    You were right. But it sure gave the Far Right and Foxnews a new none-event to rally around yet again…

    I guess now that the Mosque won’t be there, the military has not imploded with gays being able to openly serve, they have taken something like 7 votes in the House to ban non-existent federal spending on abortion, is gay marriage the only current issue that will for sure destroy the country if it happens?

  • rbottoms

    So it was all media hype and bullsh*t to boost GOP election chances.

    Wow, I’m shocked.

  • Rabiner

    The political scrutiny was so intense that it must of been a lot harder to fund raise than had this not been politicized by Islamophobes.

  • Clayman

    America that pushes the envelope on a new direction for our country.

    So tell your friends there’s a new playground in the neighborhood. Now let’s have some fun!


  • Danny_K

    Fake controversies have real consequences.

  • Graychin

    Do you mean to tell me that the whole thing about the “Ground Zero Mosque” (which was neither at Ground Zero, nor was it a mosque) was all a made-up controversy?

    If you believe the Faux outrage that comes out every day, do you ever start to feel like Charlie Brown when Lucy keeps pulling away the football?

    I guess not. Some people never learn.