Landmark Status for Mansion Hosting a Mosque

There is a vote taking place today by the Yonkers City Council to landmark an historic mansion. Last month, the city’s Landmarks Preservation Board unanimously recommended the home at 2 Grandview Blvd. for landmark status. Last year, the Islamic Community Center of Mid-Westchester purchased the property for $750,000 with the intention of using the home for a place of worship. They made note on their website that donations were being received to renovate the property. The Colonial Heights Association of Taxpayers filed the application to the landmark board. The home was originally built around 1908 and that distinction is one of the criteria the board uses in making their determination to recommend the City Council landmark a property. Once a property has landmark status the owner of the property must receive permission from the landmarks board for any exterior changes. It has been noted by City Officials that landmark status would not prevent the Islamic group from using the home as a mosque.

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