Trump Makes Offer on Building at Center of Controversy Near Ground Zero
Thursday, September 09, 2010
Donald Trump is stepping into the fray over the proposed Islamic cultural center and mosque near Ground Zero. The business magnate and television personality sent a letter to one of the financial backers of the project proposing to buy the building where Park51 would be located.
Trump offered 25 percent more than what the building was bought for. In the letter he makes the offer because it will end a "very serious, inflammatory and highly divisive situation."
The letter was sent to Hisham Elzanaty, who told the Associated Press that he provided most of the money to purchase the property on Park Place. The Egyptian-born businessman, who lives in Long Island, says he would sell it if the price was right.
Trump included one condition to his offer: as part of the deal, the backers of the Islamic cultural center would have to promise that if any new mosque is constructed, it would have to be at least five blocks farther away from the World Trade Center site.
WNYC reached Elzanaty this afternoon and he says he doesn't have a comment yet.