Islamic Center Near Ground Zero in Dispute With Utility Over Rent

The developer of an Islamic cultural center near the World Trade Center site and the owner of the building are in a dispute over rent.

Consolidated Edison owns part of a site that the Park51 developers want to use for the center. The utility said that after an appraisal, the rent for that part has gone up, and now Park51 owes $1.7 million in back rent.

In court papers, Park51 disputed the figure. The developer says Con Ed is using an incorrect formula to determine the rent and back payments owed. A spokesman declined to comment further when contacted via email.

A court date in connection to the dispute is scheduled for November.

With the Associated Press