Ground Zero mosque developer evicted from SoHo office over non payment of rent

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New York, Sep 15 (ANI): Sharif el-Gamal, the developer of the Ground Zero mosque, is being evicted from his SoHo office for racking up in back rent.

Sharif El-Gamal, who runs the real estate firm Soho Properties and is heading the project two blocks from Ground Zero, was slapped with eviction proceedings last month after tallying up $39,000 in back rent, a Manhattan Housing Court filing shows, the Daily News reports.

It has been reported that the management company that runs 552 Broadway, where El-Gamal leases space, had warned him in July and given time until mid-August to pay up.

Earlier in 2009, Royal Crospin sued Soho Properties for nearly $89,000 in back rent.

El-Gamal's firm had then paid $56,000 to settle.

El-Gamal's lease was to expire this Oct. 31. Soho Properties expecting an out of court settlement said it has had a number of problems with the leased space. (ANI)

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