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Mosque developer booted over unpaid office rent

Before the lead developer of the proposed Islamic Center and mosque twoblocks from Ground Zero can raise $100 million for that controversialproject, Sharif El-Gamal may have to take stock and account for therent of his company’s own office.

Before the lead developer of the proposed Islamic Center and mosque two blocks from Ground Zero can raise $100 million for that controversial project, Sharif El-Gamal may have to take stock and account for the rent of his company’s own office.


El-Gamal’s real estate firm, SoHo Properties, was sent an eviction notice last month for owing $39,000 in back rent, according to Manhattan Housing Court documents obtained by the Daily News yesterday. Royal Crospin, the management company that runs El-Gamal’s office building at 552 Broadway, sent El-Gamal an eviction notice after issuing a warning to the developer in July demanding payment by mid-August, which went unheeded.


El-Gamal has been in a similar predicament previously, the paper reported. After Royal Crospin sued SoHo Properties last year for nearly $89,000 in back rent, El-Gamal’s firm settled for $56,000.


He did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


Beyond the heated debate over the project itself, many have raised questions whether the team behind Park51, as the center is called, has enough experience pulling off a major New York City real estate project. El-Gamal’s money woes come on the heels of a lawsuit accusing the project’s imam, Feisal Abdul Rauf, of being a slumlord of two New Jersey buildings.

 
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