The plan to turn an eyesore of an empty building two blocks from Ground Zero into a community center has received wide support.
Community Board 1 approved the plan. The vote was 29 in favor, 1 against, with 9 abstentions.
Community Board 1 represent the people of lower Manhattan who are closest to Park51 and would be most relevant to the building of the Center. They are the people of lower Manhattan. They've studied the project closely, they learned about who the promoters are and they live in the area. They were clear in their support for the Center.
Borough President Scott Stringer, Mayor Bloomberg, Councilwoman Chin and Councilman Jackson, City Comptroller Liu, Attorney General Cuomo, State Senator Squadron, U.S. Congressman Nadler, Governor Paterson and a number of key officials and institutions are supporting the construction of the Center. The mayor's office was supportive, as were local community boards..