- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - The developer who once proposed a mosque and community center near ground zero now plans a 23-story retail center and hotel in midtown Manhattan.

The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/LRG7HX ) says that Sharif El-Gamal and a partner have a contract to buy the three-story Garment Center Congregation on West 40th Street from Parsons the New School for Design for $61.5 million.

The 83-year-old synagogue would be relocated temporarily during construction before being moved into the new building.

The tower also would include three floors of retail and a hotel with about 260 rooms. They developers plan to close on the deal by early March.

El-Gamal’s proposal for a 15-story Islamic center three blocks from the World Trade Center died amid public protests.


Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com