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Old January 21st, 2011, 03:22 PM   #61
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Lovely thread
very interesting..
to see the consequences of things we build.. and maybe to start thinking about how can we demolish this thing already before we build it
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Old January 21st, 2011, 04:35 PM   #62
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the fastest demolition method would be to fly planes into the building, i guess. if no planes are available, incite fire on the roof, then the building collapses on its own footprint. Works on steel-reinforced frames as well. True story
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Old January 23rd, 2011, 10:55 AM   #63
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Honestly, you have thought up of the worst $#1+ since Robert E Moses proposed a huge bridge on where the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel is now.
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Old January 23rd, 2011, 11:19 AM   #64
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Old January 23rd, 2011, 01:02 PM   #65
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almost gone......and a look back : (
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Old January 26th, 2011, 10:49 AM   #66
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$100 Million Suit Planned Over Former Deutsche Bank Building

By CHARLES V. BAGLI

The last chapter in the tortured tale of the former Deutsche Bank building near ground zero will play out in court now that the 41-story office tower has finally been dismantled.

The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation plans to file a $100 million claim in State Supreme Court in Manhattan next week against Bovis Lend Lease, the construction manager it hired more than five years ago for a job that was supposed to be completed in June 2007.

If successful, the lawsuit would pare the taxpayers’ bill to about $57 million for a project that ultimately cost $266 million, more than twice the original estimate. Two former insurers of the tower — AXA and Allianz — agreed a year ago to pay $102.4 million toward the total cost. And this month, the corporation settled an asbestos case against Deutsche Bank, the former owner of the building, for $3.8 million.

“We will do everything within our power to ensure that we recover what is owed to the taxpayers and put it to use downtown, where there are still many unmeet needs,” said Avi Schick, chairman of the development corporation.

Bovis, which declined to comment, filed its own lawsuit six months ago claiming that it had been shortchanged at least $80 million for work it was ordered to do in decontaminating and demolishing the building.

Almost nothing has gone according to plan with the building, which was one of the nation’s most expensive and long-running demolition projects, finally finishing this month. The north side of the tower was heavily damaged during the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center.

The development corporation bought the building in 2004 and hired Bovis under an $82 million contract to oversee its demolition. The project was plagued by lengthy delays, political squabbling and a fire that killed two firefighters in 2007.

Bovis narrowly avoided being indicted in that blaze. The company is also at the center of an investigation by the United State attorney in Brooklyn into allegations of overcharges on 100 public-works projects.

The development corporation’s lawsuit will seek to recover money it advanced to Bovis as part of a 2007 agreement to get the stalled project moving, as well as certain costs for which Bovis may have obtained insurance payments.

The corporation is expected to turn the site over to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey next month.

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Old January 30th, 2011, 02:51 PM   #67
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Another last picture of the crane...

20/01/2011 by RoldanTTLB from wirednewyork.com:

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And later, with unblocked view to 4WTC:

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Old February 9th, 2011, 10:47 AM   #68
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http://www.dnainfo.com/20110208/down...#ixzz1DQ5iZAKk

Deutsche Bank Demolition Finally Reaches Street Level

All that's left of the former 41-story Deutsche Bank skyscraper is part of the basement.

By Julie Shapiro



LOWER MANHATTAN — The Deutsche Bank building is finally almost gone.

The former 41-story tower, damaged and contaminated with toxic debris on 9/11, has been demolished down to ground level, the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. announced this week.

Crews are still dismantling the building's basement. The LMDC expects the job to be entirely done within the next couple weeks, so the site can be turned over to the Port Authority to build the underground vehicle security center and parking garage for the World Trade Center site.

The disappearance of the tower, though, does not end the controversy surrounding it.

Next month, the trial of three of the project’s construction supervisors will begin. The supervisors were charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide after two firefighters were killed in a 2007 blaze at the building.

At the same time, the LMDC plans to sue contractor Bovis Lend Lease for roughly $100 million, based on Bovis’s alleged negligence and deconstruction delays. Meanwhile, Bovis is seeking $80 million from the LMDC.

Once the demolition is done, the Deutsche Bank building site will become a construction staging area for at least a few years.

The site was once supposed to house a commercial skyscraper, but some community leaders are pushing for a mixed-use building instead, given the lack of demand for more office space downtown.

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer hopes to hold a public forum later this month to discuss future plans for the site.
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Old February 9th, 2011, 11:19 AM   #69
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What will be build on that site?
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Old February 11th, 2011, 03:17 PM   #70
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What will be build on that site?
"Crews are still dismantling the building's basement. The LMDC expects the job to be entirely done within the next couple weeks, so the site can be turned over to the Port Authority to build the underground vehicle security center and parking garage for the World Trade Center site."
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Old February 12th, 2011, 11:43 AM   #71
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"Crews are still dismantling the building's basement. The LMDC expects the job to be entirely done within the next couple weeks, so the site can be turned over to the Port Authority to build the underground vehicle security center and parking garage for the World Trade Center site."
One of the most important sites in New York and they want to build a garage? O_O
Hope they will build something on top of that garage.
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Old February 12th, 2011, 01:04 PM   #72
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The VSC and garage will be underground, with a park "liberty street park" a church and a possible WTC5 adjacent to it.
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Old February 14th, 2011, 10:13 AM   #73
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Old February 27th, 2011, 10:55 PM   #75
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Old March 4th, 2011, 12:24 PM   #76
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So according to lowermanhattan.info the site has been turned over to the PATH

http://www.lowermanhattan.info/const...et__77170.aspx

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*The following information was last updated on March 4, 2011.

* Deconstruction of the building was completed on February 28, 2011, and included turnover to the Port Authority.
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Old March 9th, 2011, 12:28 AM   #77
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Work on the VSC started.. so this thread is coming to an end..

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One last question, if the VSC is completed, then what will happen to potential plans for a new building in the site of 130 Liberty Street?
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Old March 17th, 2011, 12:33 PM   #79
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As far as I know, there is nothing decided yet about what will be built there (the Performing Arts Center was also in the discussion I think) or whether they build anything there at all..
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http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion...MmbxQ4aKp9vI5O

Will no one rid New York of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp.?

The agency, established in the wake of 9/11 to guide downtown redevelopment, long ago outlived whatever usefulness it might once have had. Now it's sitting on $700 million in unused federal reconstruction cash and seems determined not to go away until it spends every last penny -- to perpetuate itself.

Thus, agency Chairman Avi Schick is proposing that the LMDC build a temporary viewing platform for Ground Zero Memorial visitors on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

The platform would occupy the site of the old Deutsche Bank building -- wrecked on 9/11 and then delivered to the LMDC for demolition.

But it took nine years, tens of millions in budget overruns and the lives of two New York City firefighters to get that job done -- and blame for the fiasco resides almost entirely with the LMDC.

Nevertheless, Schick says he can get a platform built by this summer for a mere $800,000.

Right.

Given its record, the agency might have a platform built . . . for the 15th anniversary of 9/11.

At a cost of, say, a bazillion dollars -- give or take a gazillion or two.

The LMDC board is scheduled to vote on the project tomorrow morning -- and board member Julie Menin says she'll give it a thumbs down, because "LMDC isn't -- and shouldn't be -- in the construction business."

Don't stop there.

The LMDC shouldn't be in any sort of business. There is nothing that needs doing at Ground Zero that can't be done by the Port Authority.

As it stands, however, there is nothing to stop the agency from proceeding with its latest boondoggle, should the board approve it tomorrow.

Nothing, that is, save the heavy hand of the Cuomo administration.

Albany needs to stop this project before it begins.

Then it needs to put the LMDC out of its misery before Schick and his confederates waste even more taxpayer money.

Or kill another firefighter or two.

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion...#ixzz1I6nhAPYS
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