WTC Town Hall Meeting Updates Local StakeholdersMar 04, 2011
Each of the World Trade Centers (WTC) seven major construction projects are on track, according to officials at who presented at last weeks Town Hall meeting. From the four new tower sites and WTC Transportation Hub, to the National 9/11 Memorial and 130 Liberty Street site, work is now visibly progressing at a steady pace.
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer hosted the event February 23rd at the Manhattan Youth Community Center on Warren Street. It gathered key stakeholders to hear progress reports from Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward, Memorial President Joe Daniels, Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) Chairman Avi Schick, city Department of Transportation Commissioner Luis Sanchez, Silverstein Properties Assistant Construction Manager Malcolm Williams, and Downtown Alliance President Elizabeth Berger.
U.S. Congressman Jerrold Nadler and State Senator Daniel Squadron and also joined the meeting, expressing their support for the community as WTC rebuilding gains even more momentum. After being stalled for a long time, the site is moving, said Senator Squadron. That is something we worked for and fought for. It sets the stage for the next phase of Lower Manhattan development.
Ward shared updates on the Port Authoritys extensive infrastructure and construction work, which spans the South Bathtub, Memorial site, 1 WTC tower, and WTC Transportation Hub. He said that the 2008 Roadmap Forward timetable is being adhered to, and that financing is in place to complete each of the agencys mega-projects.
In addition, he said his agency will hit the ground running with the 130 Liberty site turned over on February 28th, for incorporation into the South Bathtub excavation.Meanwhile, Daniels noted that some areas of Memorial construction are slightly ahead of schedule, with the plaza on track to open by September 11, 2011. Sanchez added that his agency is at work on tour-bus access and parking planning, and will work with community members before plans are finalized.
The three Silverstein tower sites are also actively rising from bedrock. Williams stated that Tower 4 is now above the 15th floor and will be completed by late 2013, while sub-grade steel is quickly going up at the Towers 2 and 3 sites.Schick reported that the LMDC has now issued approximately $4 million in small-business-assistance grants, for firms affected by downtown construction. The agency also has financially supported pedestrian traffic managers at West Street intersections and various rebuilding projects, such as the East River Waterfront redevelopment. He added that soon $17 million will be awarded to the organizations selected for community and cultural enhancement grants, though an exact date was not specified.