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WTC Dream Becoming an Implementation Nightmare

Why the redevelopment of Ground Zero could be 'the most complicated, contentious and warily watched real estate venture ever undertaken.'
September 11, 2003, 6am PDT | Connie Chung
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"Distraught mothers and widows just last week staged a protest demanding that construction stop on the portion of the site where most victims died. The trade center's oft-criticized developer has hired his own architect, who almost certainly will leave his stylistic mark on whatever rises into the now-truncated lower Manhattan skyline. And, most disturbing of all... the current plan for the 16-acre site could face profound revisions before the first cornerstone is laid. But from here, things get complicated on virtually every front imaginable: Funding. Square footage of office space versus retail space. Adjacent transportation hubs. Parking. The precise location and design of buildings. Pedestrian access....Exacerbating the situation is the question of who really controls the site....Of all the debate about the redevelopment of ground zero, the amount of office space remains among the most heated topics....Engineers believe the walls of the crater at ground zero are unstable and need to be reinforced to safely house the memorial and withstand the crowds that will visit. But many victims' families are enraged at the idea that the pit will be altered."

Thanks to Connie Chung

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Published on Tuesday, September 9, 2003 in The Chicago Tribune

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