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They say the building Muslim groups plan to tear down to make room for the mosque and a cultural center is historically and architecturally significant. The building was constructed in the 1850s in the Italian Renaissance palazzo style and is noteworthy for its cast-iron storefront.
The mosque plan has been opposed by Sept. 11 victims' families and tea party activists.
A community board plans to vote Tuesday on whether to support the project.
"If the Japanese decided to open a cultural center across from Pearl Harbor, that would be insensitive,"