From the NY Post:
A controversial plan to build a $100 million mosque and community center just two blocks north of Ground Zero could be undone by history.
The 152-year-old building at 45 Park Place that would be torn down for the mosque is under the protection of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, which has had a pending application on its books since 1989 to grant it landmark status.
A Landmarks spokeswoman said that the application had been on hold for more than two decades but that a hearing would be scheduled and a vote would follow on the designation.
The landmarking issue is a potentially big obstacle for a project that both the city and the mosque's backers had said could be built "as of right," with no interference from city land use laws.
If the commission approves landmark designation, it would be highly unlikely that the building could be torn down to make way for Cordoba House, a proposed 13-story mosque and community center.
And until a vote is taken, the building has temporary landmark protection.
Mayor Bloomberg yesterday continued to support the project, despite the latest wrinkle.