Published: Aug 04, 2010 11:09 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 04, 2010 8:09 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) - An organization that says its goal is to foster a better relationship between the Muslim world and the West will be
given the opportunity to locate an Islamic community center and mosque two blocks from ground zero in New York.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously to deny landmark status to a 152-year-old lower Manhattan building,
clearing the way for developers to tear it down and build the Cordoba Initiative's Islamic center.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is praising the decision calling the mosque project a key test of Americans' commitment to religious
freedom.

The vote is a setback for opponents of the mosque, who say it disrespects the memory of those killed at the hands of Islamic
terrorists on 9/11.

One of those, The American Center for Law and Justice, a conservative advocacy group founded by the Rev. Pat Robertson, has
announced it would challenge the panel's decision in state court Wednesday.