Imam of mosque planned near ground zero sued in Union City

An imam at the center of a dispute over plans to build a mosque near ground zero is being sued by a northern New Jersey

UNION CITY - An imam at the center of a dispute over plans to build a mosque near ground zero is being sued by a northern New Jersey community where he owns two apartment buildings.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in state Superior Court by Union City. It says the lawsuit charges Feisal Abdul Rauf hasn't addressed complaints by tenants and orders from the city to correct code violations.

The lawsuit identifies Rauf as the sole officer of building owner Sage Development LLC. One building has been vacant since a 2008 fire. The other contains 16 apartments.

The suit seeks to place the buildings into receivership, in which a court-appointed receiver would collect rents and use the money to make repairs, pay delinquent utility bills and settle fines imposed by the city.

AP wires contributed to this report.

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