Somewhere in Babylon
- Jan 12, 2010
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New York (CNN) -- 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."
The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation received more than 265 applications seeking more than $175 million for community and cultural programs, though the LMDC has only $17 million of federal funding to allocate.
"We are now turning to the challenging but important task of sorting through the applications to identify those that address long-standing community and cultural needs," said Avi Schick, chairman of LMDC.
The grants will range from $100,000 to $1 million, according to Julie Menin, chair of Community Board 1 and a member of the LMDC board. Among the criteria used to judge applications, Menin said, are financial viability, job creation, revitalizing the community and a track record of service in Lower Manhattan.
"We have funded museums, public schools, programs to help small businesses hurt after 9/11," said Menin.
Islamic community center developer seeks federal funding - CNN.com
Are these guys insane?
I and many here support their right to build the Islamic Cultural Centre there, and I do think at the end of the day, why are they not entitled to even apply for this funding if it's available for United States citizens wishing to rebuild the neighbourhood BUT!
Did they not think, they got enough bad attention by wanting to build it there even though they should be able to... but this will send people through the roof in rage. I mean it's highly doubtful that they will be granted any of this money, but the fact they'd even try and draw this negative press will be devestating for them and end up being highly counter productive, and they should have known that.