Ground Zero Mosque Owes $1.7 Million to Con Ed

How are they going to build a $100 million, multi-story mosque if they can’t even pay the $1.7 million they owe in back rent to Con Ed? Actually, they’ll probably get some big government-backed grant or loan, you know to encourage diversity at taxpayer expense, or something.

Pay up or get out.

Con Ed has given the Ground Zero mosque an ultimatum: Pay the $1.7 million you owe in back rent, or we’ll terminate your lease and take back our property.

Con Ed and mosque developer Park51 have an unusual, uneasy alliance, sharing ownership of a site slated to be one of the most controversial projects in city history.

The utility owns a former substation on the western half of the property, at 51 Park Place, and the mosque developers own a five-story building on the eastern half. The buildings were connected years ago and used to house a Burlington Coat Factory store.

Park51, which leases the substation from Con Ed, wants the two buildings so it can knock both down and build a $100 million, 15-story community center.

But the plan hit a major obstacle in August when Con Ed raised the rent from $2,750 a month, a rate set in 1972, to $47,437 a month, retroactive to July 31, 2008, The Post has learned.

When the mosque failed to fork over the $1.7 million, the utility fired off a letter demanding the money by Oct. 4 and threatening to evict.

The Ground Zero mosque developers are now suing Con Ed, charging the company with making “outrageous” demands by actually insisting the radical Islamic group pay a fair rent price for the planned $100 million mosque. So, does an activist judge step in to protect the mosque from the big evil landlord? Or will the radical group have to pay up? Who knows anymore.