Mosque Developer Owes Rent Man behind Cordoba House evicted from Manhattan office By Emily Rauhala, Newser User Posted Sep 15, 2010 6:30 AM CDT 4 comments Comments Sharif el-Gamal, developer of the planned Cordoba House and mosque. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, Pool, File) (Newser) – The developer behind the not-quite-at-Ground Zero mosque is being evicted from his office space over back rent. Sharif El-Gamal, who runs Soho Properties from an office at 552 Broadway in Manhattan, is said to owe $39,000 in back rent, reports the Daily News. El-Gamal, whose rental agreement expires October 31, says he's had problems with the leased space. The same management company, Royal Crospin Corp, last year sued Soho Properties for $89,000 in back rent, but settled out of court.