After four years as a lightning rod for conservative and anti-Muslim groups, as well as some families of 9/11 victims, the long-planned Muslim community center and prayer space located blocks from the World Trade Center site—aka the "Ground Zero" mosque—might actually become a different kind of space.

According to the NY Times, "Sharif El-Gamal, the developer, said through a spokesman that instead of a $100 million, 15-story community center and prayer space, he now planned a smaller, three-story museum 'dedicated to exploring the faith of Islam and its arts and culture.' The building would also include a sanctuary for prayer services and community programs." Guess he abandoned that "Soho House for Muslims" idea, too.



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