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Sharif El-Gamal: Park51 mosque developer accused of neglect

Sharif El-Gamal, developer of Park51, the controversial mosque twoblocks from Ground Zero, also has nearly 400 open violations on abuilding his company owns at West 151st Street.

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.

 
 
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