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New York Freedom Tower to Be Redesigned for Security Concerns

May 4 (Bloomberg) -- New York's Freedom Tower, the tallest skyscraper planned for the site of the destroyed World Trade Center, will have to be redesigned to address security issues raised by the city's police department, Governor George Pataki said.

Skidmore Owings & Merrill architect David Childs, who did the current design, will work with trade center leaseholder Larry Silverstein and police officials to ``come up with yet another magnificent design that will once again inspire the nation and serve as a fitting tribute to freedom,'' Pataki said in an e- mailed press release. He said the process should take ``the next several weeks.''

Police officials last month presented concerns that the 1,776-foot tower as Childs had designed it would be vulnerable to a truck bomb if its exterior remained 25 feet from West Street, a six-lane highway that runs west of the site. The trade center was destroyed by terrorists flying hijacked jetliners on Sept. 11, 2001.

Pataki and others acknowledged that addressing those concerns could delay the start of construction. The New York Times on May 1 cited people involved with the project who weren't named as saying the completion could be pushed back as much as a year. Foundation work was supposed to start this year, with completion by 2009.

To contact the reporter on this story:
David M. Levitt in New York at [email protected].
 

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TRUMP: BUILD 'TWINS'


DONALD TRUMP

By FREDRIC U. DICKER in Albany and TOM TOPOUSIS in N.Y.

Donald Trump called on Gov. Pataki yesterday to ditch his just-announced "redesign" of the Freedom Tower and instead rebuild the Twin Towers as they were — but at least one story higher.

"I think the World Trade Center should be rebuilt on the site, only stronger and a little bit taller, even if it's only one story taller," the billionaire builder told The Post.

"They should duplicate the World Trade Center and not build something that looks like an empty skeleton."


The Twin Towers had stood at 110 stories.

Asked if he planned to directly communicate his view to Pataki, Trump responded, "He'll know it when he reads this, right?"

Trump also unleashed a harsh assessment of Ground Zero master planner Daniel Libeskind, suggesting the man Pataki has called an international-class genius isn't fit to be, well, an apprentice.

"The design for the Freedom Tower is an egghead design, designed by an egghead, which has no practical application and which, frankly, didn't look very good.

"I've gotten great reviews on my buildings. I'm somebody who believes strongly in great architecture and this [the Freedom Tower] was a design that is just not a good design," Trump added.


A spokesman for Libeskind shot back: "I suppose Trump wants to add an extra floor to make room for his name. That's probably not the kind of iconic symbol anyone had in mind for this site."

Trump, meanwhile, praised World Trade Center leaseholder and builder Larry Silverstein, calling him a "wonderful professional who sort of got roped" by Pataki into having to back the Freedom Tower design.

"I don't think this is something he really wanted," Trump said of Silverstein, who — at least for now — has the responsibility for rebuilding whatever is erected at Ground Zero.

Aides to Pataki have recently suggested privately that Silverstein has been dragging his feet on the building process and has made unreasonable demands for funding.

Earlier this week, reports from unnamed sources claimed that if Silverstein didn't get the project going, the state and city would consider taking control of the site through eminent domain.

A source familiar with the developer's legal strategy predicted that a forced eviction of Silverstein from the project would never happen because the state would not be able to claim his $4.6 billion insurance payout to use for the project.

Silverstein, who recently applied for $3.5 billion in tax-free Liberty Bonds for WTC reconstruction, said he wants additional public funding to help pay for security.
 

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I don't like this design either. Rebuild the towers, but just 100x better in terms of safety and height. 2 fingers up to the terrorists and the rest of the world. Whatever you knock down, we'll rebuild.
 
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