Ground Zero is going to get a new neighbor: a mosque.
The project is driven in part by the needs of a growing Muslim population in Lower Manhattan. The nearest existing Islamic prayer space, the Tribeca Mosque, has been holding three evening prayer services on Fridays to keep up with demand.
The project, called the Cordoba House, will take the 92nd Street Y as its model — only with a prayer space at its core. The finished center will include performance space, community-event rooms, fitness facilities and classrooms. “Everyone that I’ve spoken to so far has says there is a shortage of community space in Lower Manhattan,” Kahn says.
So far Kahn reports no significant opposition to Cordoba House, but the public forum at CB1 might feature some mixed feelings over the prospect of placing a mosque so close to the World Trade Center site. “I am sure that there will be some people who are a little concerned,” she admits.