A controversial plan to build a $100 million mosque and community center just two blocks north of Ground Zero could be undone by history.Naturally, the schmuck mayor is all for this in-your-face outrage being built. He was quick to claim the Times Square bomber was likely an ObamaCare opponent, but has no problem with rubbing salt in the wounds of families and survivors of 9/11.
The 152-year-old building at 45 Park Place that would be torn down for the mosque is under the protection of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, which has had a pending application on its books since 1989 to grant it landmark status.
A Landmarks spokeswoman said that the application had been on hold for more than two decades but that a hearing would be scheduled and a vote would follow on the designation.
The landmarking issue is a potentially big obstacle for a project that both the city and the mosque's backers had said could be built "as of right," with no interference from city land use laws.
If the commission approves landmark designation, it would be highly unlikely that the building could be torn down to make way for Cordoba House, a proposed 13-story mosque and community center.
And until a vote is taken, the building has temporary landmark protection.
Mayor Bloomberg yesterday continued to support the project, despite the latest wrinkle.In other words, Bloomberg will probably muscle it through, just so he can claim he's all for diversity or some such nonsense.
"Anybody who wants to build a house of worship in this city, we'd love to do it," he said. "They have to comply with the zoning laws. In this case, I think the community board's already been consulted and they overwhelmingly like the idea."
The 11 members of the landmarks commission are appointed by the mayor.