NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The developer who abandoned plans to build a mosque near Ground Zero now wants to construct a museum there dedicated to Islam.
Sharif El-Gamal has significantly scaled back his plans for the Park Place site, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported. Instead of erecting a 15-story community center blocks a few blocks from the World Trade Center, the developer is planning to build a three-story, 5,000-square-foot museum dedicated to exploring the faith of Islam and its arts and culture.READ MORE: Former Aide Accusing Gov. Cuomo Of Sexual Harassment Says She Believes Governor Was Propositioning Her For Sex
The building, which would be designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, would also include a sanctuary for prayer services and a community garden.