Ground Zero Mosque to Take Years to Build

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It may be years before the controversial mosque near Ground Zero is built.

Sharif El-Gamal, developer of the controversial Islamic center, said it will take time to figure out what kind of project the community wants.

El-Gamal said decisions on advancing the project will be made after consulting with area residents and Muslim Americans who will use the facility.

Over the past year, El-Gamal has focused on raising funds for the project and meeting with neighborhood groups, The New York Times reported. He said he only accepts funding from people with "American values," and he has invited a relative of a someone who perished in the attack to sit on his advisory board.

He says the mosque would also include an Islamic community center, a health club and a theater.

While he was fund-raising for the project, The American Center for Law and Justice has been representing Tim Brown, a 9-11 first responder and fire fighter, seeking landmark status for a building that suffered a direct hit from one of the hijacked planes used in the terror attack.

Nearly 100 of Brown's friends died on that fateful day, as his fellow firefighters and first responders risked their own lives to rescue people.

The New York Supreme Court ruled that Brown did not have "legal standing" to challenge the decision not to declare the building a landmark.

"If a 9-11 hero and first responder does not have standing in a case like this, where developers want to tear down a standing monument to 9-11 and replace it with the largest mosque in the country, then who does?" ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow said in response to the court's decision.

The ACLJ said they intended to file an appeal in the First Department Appellate Division.

"We intend to appeal this flawed decision and are confident that this project will never be built," Sekulow said.

In an interview with FOX News anchor Martha MaCallum, Brown vowed to "keep up the public pressure" because "the families...aren't going away.

You can watch the interview here.

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