Sharif El-Gamal: Park51 mosque developer accused of neglect
It’s not just the five civil suits pending against him, which Metro revealed last week.
Sharif El-Gamal, developer of Park51, the controversial mosque two blocks from Ground Zero, also has nearly 400 open violations on a building his company owns at West 151st Street, according to the New York Post.
El-Gamal also owes the city over $60,000 in unpaid fees, fines and taxes on the uptown property.
Tenants say the 14-unit building is infested with rats and cockroachs. They also told the Post that landlord El-Gamal has ignored their complaints, ranging from a bathroom ceiling collapse to a lack of heat.
The news comes on top of a claim from Con Edison that El-Gamal owes them $1.7 million in back rent for 51 Park Place, where he wants to expand the mosque and Islamic community center.
El-Gamal is due in court this Thursday for the uptown building violations. If he doesn’t show up, he reportedly risks being sent to jail.