Park51 center in $1.7 million rent dispute
NEW YORK (AP) — The developer of an Islamic cultural center near the World Trade Center site and the owner of the building are in a dispute over rent.
Consolidated Edison owns part of a site that the Park51 developers want to use for the center. The utility says that after an appraisal, the rent for that part has gone up, and now Park51 owes $1.7 million in back rent.
In court papers, Park51 disputed the figure. The developer says Con Ed is using an incorrect formula to determine the rent and back payments owed. A spokesman declined to comment further when contacted via email.
A court date in connection to the dispute is scheduled for November.