APny 11/14 0745 Trump-Krishnas
NEW YORK (AP) -- Mega-developer Donald Trump has built everything from
skyscrapers to casinos, but a request from Hare Krishna spiritual leader
Kirtanananda Swami Bhaktipaba could be his greatest challenge yet.
The swami wants Trump's help in turning a 300-acre site near Trenton, N.J.
into a "City of God," according to Sanatha Dasi, 33, a former Manhattan
resident who is serving as the project's architect.
"The swami is big enough to talk to Donald Trump," Dasi told the New York
Post. "The question is: `Is Donald Trump big enough to talk to Swami?"'
The Post said a Trump representative could not be reached for comment Friday
The Krishna plan includes a huge temple and 16 satellite temples on the site
in Lawrenceville, N.J., the Post said. The "City of God" would be home to
A Krishna spokesman, William Henry, said the site was chosen for its
"We figure what's better to build on that where George Washington helped
lead the colonists to victory over the British," he told the newspaper.
APnj 11/14 1907 Krishna Home
By The Associated Press
A West Virginia-based Hare Krishna sect is focusing on a tract of land in
central New Jersey for a walled "City of God" that could become home to 12,000
followers, a group spokesman said Saturday.
The project architect walked the parcel of more than 200 acres in
Lawrenceville on Saturday with agents from the Coldwell Banker real estate
agency, said William Henry, spokesman for the sect, which now makes its home in
Moundsville, W. Va.
Henry would not confirm a published report that developer Donald Trump had
been asked to help turn the site into a "City of God."
The New York Post reported in Saturday's editions that the sect's spiritual
leader, Kirtanananda Swami Bhaktipada, wants Trump's help. A Trump spokesman
could not be reached for comment Saturday.
The "City of God" would include a temple big enough for 6,000 worshippers
and 16 satellite temples. The city would be comprised of eight residential
communities where elephants would provide transportation, Henry said.
He said the New Jersey property is attractive partly because of its
proximity to New York City and Philadelphia.
Henry said the architect will submit a recommendation to the sect's council
of elders, who then will make a recommendation to the swami.
He expects the swami to look at the site in late November, but added the
sect will continue to look at other properties.
Henry said the sect needs at least 280 acres and that the site reviewed
Saturday was somewhat smaller.
However, the real estate agents assured the group that neighboring
properties may become available, Henry said.