Property for proposed mosque sold to developer

FLORENCE, KY. (AP) - A group that had planned to build a mosque in northern Kentucky has instead sold the property to a developer.

The Mercy Foundation, which bought the 5.5 acre plot in Florence in 2008 for $200,000 sold the land to New Plan Property Holding Company, a division of Centro Properties, for $950,000.

Joseph Dabdoub, a spokesman for the Northern Kentucky Islamic Center, told The Kentucky Enquirer that the offer was too good to pass up.

The proposal last year to build for a mosque at the location generated some negative reactions from neighbors, but the sale appears to be unrelated.

Stacy Slater, a senior vice president for the Centro subsidiary Brixmor Property Group, says the parcel was a critical acquisition for the potential expansion and redevelopment of Florence Square.

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