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    Quote Originally Posted by kliq6 View Post
    Not sure if anyone saw the community board hearing on NY1. That was a sad performance. LMDC has alot of explaining to do as to why they okayed Bovis hiring Galt
    Yes, sad indeed.

    Threat Seen in History of Demolition

    Published: August 30, 2007
    In the fall of 2005, the planned demolition of the former Deutsche Bank headquarters finally seemed to have gotten back on track.

    Bovis Lend Lease, an international construction management company, had been awarded the job to oversee the work. The federal Environmental Protection Agency had accepted its detailed demolition plan, and the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation had approved a tentative arrangement under which three large contractors would do the complex work.

    Just as a draft contract was being completed, the deal fell apart. It collapsed days after the president of one of the companies, a large Massachusetts demolition contractor, received an anonymous telephone call telling him to stay out of New York, according to the contractor and several other people briefed about the call.

    The F.B.I. investigated the threat, sending two New York City agents to Waltham, Mass., to interview the contractor, Chris Berardi.

    Mr. Berardi, the president of North American Site Developers Inc., known as Nasdi, said in a telephone interview from Boston last week that he thought the call had been meant to intimidate him.

    It was basically, ‘Don’t come to our city. You’re going to come in here and you’re going to be leaving very shortly,’ ” he recalled. “Reading between the lines, it was a threat to say, ‘Don’t come here, stay where you are; you’ll regret it.’ ”

    Mr. Berardi, nearly two years later, played down the significance of the threat in describing his decision to withdraw from the deal, saying instead that the decision had come down to money. He acknowledged, though, that the federal agents who interviewed him took the matter seriously and seemed concerned.

    Two people who worked on the deal — one for the government and one for a private contractor — expressed some skepticism, suggesting that North American Site Developers wanted out of the deal anyway. Both spoke on the condition of anonymity because the matter is under investigation.

    The collapse of Bovis’s deal with North American Site Developers and the two other potential demolition contractors, LVI Services Inc. and Bedroc Contracting, cleared the way for the hiring of the John Galt Corporation, the troubled contractor that has come under scrutiny in the criminal inquiry into the Aug. 18 fire at the building that left two firefighters dead.

    After three months, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation approved a deal under which Bovis gave Galt a $60 million contract for the job, despite concerns raised by the city’s Department of Investigation. The city investigators had strongly warned development officials against hiring any companies tied to another demolition contractor, Safeway Environmental.

    Galt, an arranged marriage of sorts including executives from a scaffolding company with no demolition experience and two former Safeway executives who had done asbestos abatement, was seen by city investigators as too closely tied to Safeway.

    Safeway had come under scrutiny because one of its former owners, Harold Greenberg, had been convicted of bribery and mail fraud linked to a bid-rigging scheme in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and has been accused of being tied to organized crime.

    The Department of Investigation began investigating Galt after the company was approved to work on the bank demolition in part because of concerns that Mr. Greenberg had connections to the company, people with knowledge of the matter have said.

    While several people briefed on the F.B.I. investigation said it had not determined the source of the call, Mr. Berardi said the agents who interviewed him asked about Mr. Greenberg and his former partner in Safeway, Steven Chasin.

    Mr. Berardi, who has never worked in New York, said Mr. Greenberg and Mr. Chasin did not threaten him personally.

    The two F.B.I. agents, who had traveled to Massachusetts to interview Mr. Berardi rather than delegating the task to other agents in the bureau’s Boston office, were from a New York squad that investigates public corruption.

    Mr. Greenberg and Mr. Chasin have not returned calls seeking comment.

    When North American Site Developers withdrew from the project, the arrangement with the other two companies collapsed because only North American Site Developers had the adequate financial strength for the job, several people involved in the deal said.

    “We were ready to go forward and do this project in a safe and conscientious manner, and once Nasdi, which was providing the bonding for the demolition portion of this job, withdrew, the deal fell apart,” said Paul Desser, the director of estimating and marketing for Bedroc. “And we were down to the i’s dotted and the t’s crossed.”

    The chairman of LVI Services, Burton T. Fried, would not comment.

    Once the deal fell apart, according to several people involved in the project, Bovis proposed using a half-dozen other companies, some of whom city officials felt were too closely tied to Safeway. Eventually, Bovis hired Galt despite the strong caution voiced by the city’s Department of Investigation.

    A spokesman for Bovis yesterday would not discuss the telephone call to Mr. Berardi or the reasons that the earlier deal with his company collapsed.
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    ....and the two other potential demolition contractors, LVI Services Inc. and Bedroc Contracting,....
    Wow another suspect company!
    They are tearing down a building behind me right now.
    It had asbestoses among other problems.
    Bedroc has broken every rule you can think of:
    They wore masks but....that's about it-
    no tenting, use of cheap immigrant labor, no safety harnesses (they wore them on their back
    but never hooked them on to anything).
    The dust and bad smells from this demo blowing into our homes everyday!
    They routinely start working before 7:00am and drill and jackhammer on Sundays.
    The debris is falling all over onto the back of our property and, falling onto the back yard of the building next door as well.
    We've been taking pictures of this fiasco- 311 (our government),is useless!
    Are there any decent, honest, demo contractors even out there!?!

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    One begins to wonder if Bloomberg's initiation of the 311 sytem ("call and register a complaint about anyting, except an emergency, and NY City workers will make sure the problem is taken care of") was really never intended to solve the myriad of problems that the system claims to address but was, instead, Bloomberg's corporate way of burying citizen concern.

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    Fire Chiefs Say Inspection Rule Defies Reality

    September 8, 2007

    Within days of the fatal fire at the former Deutsche Bank building last month, the Bloomberg administration said it would investigate whether other large buildings being built or torn down were being properly inspected by fire companies every 15 days, as required.

    New York City has yet to announce the findings of that inquiry, but a dozen senior fire chiefs, company commanders and union officials said in interviews that enforcement of the inspection rule has long been inconsistent at best, particularly in areas with construction booms.

    The Bloomberg officials had characterized the requirement as an important safety precaution and cited it as the rationale for reassigning a local engine company’s commander whose firefighters had not inspected the bank building in the months preceding the fire, in which two firefighters died.

    But the chiefs said it was hard to believe that city officials did not realize that, for decades, the inspection rule has been one of the hardest to enforce.

    For one thing, they said, fire commanders are not officially notified by the city of permits issued for construction or demolition, so the only way they can determine which buildings to inspect is to drive around.

    And if a building is undergoing asbestos abatement or other decontamination, as was the case at the bank building, local fire companies have neither the proper gear nor the training to venture inside safely, they said.

    Moreover, chiefs in areas of the city where there are building booms, particularly in Manhattan, said they were hard-pressed to finish their routine annual inspections of schools, hospitals and other buildings and often unable to find the time — twice monthly — to inspect buildings going up or coming down that lack occupants like children or medical patients.

    “It is impossible to keep up with these 15-day inspections because each year the number of construction, demolition and alteration sites increases as does the number of our responses to emergencies,” said Deputy Chief Richard J. Alles, an official of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association.

    “We know that headquarters knows all this,” said Chief Alles. “They are not living in a vacuum.”

    Several times a year, fire companies are supposed to provide headquarters with reports on each of their 15-day inspections.

    Asked about the chiefs’ comments, Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta said in an interview, “I can see that there are changes that have to be made and I am not going to be specific about the changes, but they have to do with compliance and accountability.”

    Fire officials have defended their efforts to push for greater accountability in inspections, asserting that fire unions have balked at efforts raised during contract negotiations to increase inspection time. In the case of the Deutsche Bank building, they have said there was no lack of knowledge that the building was both under demolition and filled with hazardous materials.

    Inspections, and the rigor with which they are conducted, became an issue in the days after the Aug. 18 fire, when city officials said they first realized that Engine Company 10 had not inspected the building, which was being demolished, floor by floor, for months. Citing the 15-day rule, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced that Capt. Peter Bosco, the company’s commander, was being reassigned.

    “Fire Department rules specifically require buildings under demolition to be inspected every 15 days,” the mayor said.

    Continuing, he said, “We do not know why the Fire Department did not inspect the building, nor inspect the standpipe. The regulations clearly call for it and it’s Engine 10, which is right next door, that had the responsibility to do that.” Mr. Bloomberg and Mr. Scoppetta, who reassigned two chiefs as well, went on to announce a new program that would, in the mayor’s words, “ensure accountability throughout the department to ensure that inspections for demolitions and other purposes are conducted.”

    By the city’s reasoning, an inspection might have turned up problems in the building that later hampered the firefighting effort, including the fact that the standpipe, designed to deliver water to the structure to fight a fire, had been partly dismantled and was useless.

    But Mr. Scoppetta stressed in his interview yesterday that Captain Bosco and the two other officers were not disciplined, in his view. Rather, he said, they have been put on the sidelines while the various investigations run their course.

    Nonetheless, the reassignments have sent a wave of bitterness through the fire ranks. Captain Bosco’s brother, John M., a lawyer, said the captain had inherited the policy of not inspecting the building because the company was not equipped to do hazardous inspections.

    Fire union officials said any decision to suspend inspections at the bank building had to have been common knowledge at headquarters. Fire commanders have questioned why Captain Bosco was cited for failing to complete a type of inspection that is often not done, particularly in hazardous settings.

    “It seems to me that the discipline was a little heavy-handed and overreacting,” said former Assistant Chief Stanley P. Dawe, who retired in 2004 as the chief of the Fire Prevention Bureau.

    “Headquarters is aware that many of the companies in the field are overtaxed, don’t have the ability to meet all the inspection goals on a continual basis from week to week and month to month,” he said. “I would say for a company — any individual company — not to meet all of its inspections goals consistently is not an unusual situation.”

    The city regulation in question has been on the books for years and directs fire companies to make special efforts, twice monthly, to inspect buildings under construction or being demolished. Once buildings are finished they are inspected less frequently.

    In the aftermath of the fire, Commissioner Scoppetta ordered his staff to determine whether some 400 buildings in the city that are either going up or coming down and are at least 75 feet tall had been properly inspected. The city declined over a period of a week to release a list of the buildings, but officials said yesterday that all of them had been inspected since the commissioner’s order. They could not say what the survey had found about the regularity of such inspections.

    In some neighborhoods where there has been little building activity, several chiefs said companies have been able over the years to make most of the routine checks at construction sites as required. But several veteran officers said in interviews that it has long been difficult, if not impossible, to pay that kind of attention in downtown and Midtown areas where there are many construction and demolition sites and multistory towers where even routine inspections can be time-consuming.

    In addition, several chiefs and retired chiefs said the department provided little training in inspections.

    “Either more inspection time is going to have to be provided or there is going to have to be some further prioritization as to how inspection time is used,” said Chief Dawe.

    Under the city regulations, fire commanders are supposed to be notified of demolition operations, and the commanders said that occasionally occurred. But the notifications were infrequent, they said, and little if any notice was given that buildings were under construction.

    Fire officials at headquarters contend that the lack of notifications should not have presented a significant impediment to effective inspections.

    Nonetheless, they announced yesterday that city agencies will begin notifying fire officials when they issue permits to perform either construction, demolition or environmental-abatement efforts.

    Retired Chief Dawe said the department should also review the failure of anyone at headquarters to notice that no 15-day inspection reports from the Deutsche Bank building were filed for months after inspections ceased in 2006.

    “Were they not reading the reports?” he said. “Were they not analyzing the reports correctly? Was the information that inspections were not being conducted included in the reports but hidden in the numbers?”

    He added, “I am not sure how they could not know.”

    Copyright 2007 The New York Times Company

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    Asked about the chiefs’ comments, Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta said in an interview, “I can see that there are changes that have to be made and I am not going to be specific about the changes, but they have to do with compliance and accountability.”
    Translation: We have to find a fall guy.

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    Source: Workers removed standpipe from WTC tower in fatal fire

    By PAT MILTON | Associated Press Writer 4:26 PM EDT, September 27, 2007NEW YORK - Construction workers at the ground zero skyscraper where two firefighters died have told investigators they removed a 42-foot section of the building's standpipe because they mistakenly believed it was part of the tower's defunct sprinkler system, according to a person familiar with the investigation.

    The workers said they removed the pipe _ which links fire hoses outside the building to its water supply _ in two 21-foot portions from the basement of the former Deutsche Bank tower, the person familiar with the investigation into the Aug. 18 blaze told The Associated Press.

    The person, confirming an account in Thursday's editions of The New York Times, spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak publicly about the probe.

    The missing standpipe caused firefighters to pump gallons of water that went into the basement instead of their fire hoses, making the blaze on the building's 17th floor more difficult to extinguish. Firefighters Robert Beddia and Joseph Graffagnino died of cardiac arrest after climbing to a few floors below the flames.

    Prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation, looking at the contractors who were working to dismantle the now 26-story tower, the government agencies overseeing its removal, safety inspections and environmental issues.

    Documents have been sought from the building's owner, the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., the city's Buildings and Fire departments, and its contractors, Bovis Lend Lease and subcontractor John Galt Corp.

    The contractor's plan to dismantle the building requires it to keep a standpipe in working order at all times. The Fire Department was also expected to inspect the standpipe every 15 days and has acknowledged it hadn't done so in over a year.

    The building's sprinkler system had not been operating at the building for over a year, officials involved in the project have said. It wasn't immediately clear how the workers mistook the standpipe for the sprinkler pipe; standpipes are often painted red in high-rise buildings.

    The sprinkler pipes and the standpipes are often located in the same place in high-rise buildings, with connections to the same outlet outside the building, called a Siamese connection.

    Heavy construction work began last December on the tower to remove it floor by floor, after cleaning them of toxic debris left by the Sept. 11, 2001, collapse of the World Trade Center's south tower.

    In memos written months before the fire, the head of a downtown construction agency told the state agency that owns the building it needed more funding and staff to take the ground zero tower down safely.

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    An Escape Plan Stayed Hidden at a Fatal Fire

    Published: October 3, 2007

    Contractors demolishing the former Deutsche Bank building made a special plan to allow emergency use of the sealed stairs, but firefighters who responded to the fire on Aug. 18 did not know of the plan, according to official documents and interviews.
    The stairwells were sealed with heavy plywood and plastic to prevent toxic materials from escaping and hinged trap doors were put in the plywood slabs, yet the escape plan was never brought to the attention of firefighters assigned to respond to a fire in the building, fire officials say.
    Two firefighters were killed in the blaze.
    “The Fire Department was not involved in creating this plan, specifically — and most importantly — with regard to the sealed staircases,” said Francis X. Gribbon, the department’s chief spokesman. “We were not notified about it. We were not consulted about it.”
    As a result, scores of firefighters were forced to scramble down exterior scaffolding or seek other escape routes. The two firefighters who were killed, Robert Beddia and Joseph Graffagnino, were found near a sealed stairwell on the 14th floor, one of them actually atop the plywood slab.
    Fire officials said they could not say at this point what actions, if any, the two firefighters might have taken to escape by the stairs before the men collapsed.
    Firefighters on other floors where the stairwells were also sealed resorted to using power saws to cut through the plywood because they did not know about the trap doors, according to fire commanders, who said they felt the trap doors were too narrow to be effective.
    The emergency escape plan was developed last year by the John Galt Corporation, the contractor hired to demolish the building at ground zero, which was damaged in the 9/11 terrorist attack and contaminated with toxic dust blown in by the collapse of the twin towers. The point of sealing the stairwells was to meet the standards set by environmental regulators who feared that decontamination efforts could create dangerous pollution in Lower Manhattan.
    The general contractor on the job, Bovis Lend Lease, had sent a copy of its escape plans to the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the owners of the building.
    The plan was posted on the agency’s Web site, but it is unclear who else was officially notified of the emergency arrangement. A spokesman for the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, Errol Cockfield, was asked over a period of days if the memo or any other notice of the plan had been forwarded to the Fire Department, but declined to comment, citing the criminal investigation under way.
    The emergency plan described on the Web site was eventually revised, but fire officials said they were not alerted to any version prior to the fire and would have objected to both because of the risks involved.
    Although fire officials acknowledge that the trap doors might have provided some means of escape, they said the doors would not have been adequate for large firefighters operating in heavy gear in spaces darkened by smoke.
    Mary Costello, a spokeswoman for Bovis Lend Lease, said it had fulfilled its responsibility by turning its contractor’s escape plan over to the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. Ordinarily, she said, such a plan would then have been distributed to a variety of agencies. She said she did not know what had happened in this case.
    A spokeswoman for the city’s Buildings Department, which is overseeing some aspects of the demolition, said she could not comment on whether her department had been alerted to the escape plan, citing the criminal investigation being conducted by the Manhattan district attorney’s office.
    What is clear from interviews with firefighters and their commanders, though, is that the units that went to the building had no idea that the sealed panels had trap doors.
    Firefighters may be the most important recipients of such information, said J. Brent Kynoch, the managing director of Environmental Information Association, which specializes in abatement of hazardous materials, “because in the event of an emergency you want those people to know what they are facing as they enter the building.
    “In the case of the Deutsche Bank building, a building that has had so much press and attention, it’s unconscionable that the Fire Department was not notified,” he said.
    Prosecutors and fire officials studying the fire have already determined that several factors contributed to the confusion that day. For one thing, the standpipe for water supply had been dismantled and was useless, which delayed the first arrival of water on the fire.
    Responding fire companies also encountered an unusual phenomenon: though fire and smoke usually rise in a high-rise fire, the powerful exhaust fans being used in the demolition drew them down toward the firefighters.
    Fire officials say the fire companies had not performed required inspections of the 41-story building in the months preceding the blaze, thereby losing a chance to notice the sealed stairwells. Fire officers are known to have walked through the building in the months before the fire as they worked to recover human remains after the 9/11 attacks, but they, too, do not appear to have noted the blocked stairwells.
    The former president and chairman of the development corporation, Kevin Rampe, said that several years ago New York City directed that it route all information about the building, including communications for the Fire Department, through the mayor’s office. But Mr. Rampe said he had no information to indicate that the escape plan had been forwarded to City Hall. A spokesman for Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg declined to comment.
    Sealed stairwells are routine in demolition projects, and so are emergency escape plans to help construction and emergency workers use the stairs, industry officials said. Nonetheless, New York City firefighters receive no training in the use of such emergency escape mechanisms by contractors.
    Under the emergency escape plan for the bank dated March 1, 2007, and posted on the development corporation Web site, Galt officials envisioned sealed stairwells on select floors where decontamination work was under way.
    Each of the seals would be outfitted with “kick-out panels.” The panels, with their plywood and plastic overlay, were designed to act as a membrane to keep in toxins, such as asbestos. The panels would have a weak point — carved or cut into the plywood — to let a firefighter easily kick through to escape, according to abatement industry experts.
    The panels, as built, did not conform to that design. Instead of scoring the kick-out panels, the contractors cut small doors with hinges into the plywood, and covered the entire mechanism with two layers of heavy polyethylene sealed with duct tape, fire officials said.
    To use the doors, emergency workers were supposed to cut through the coverings using carpet knives left nearby.
    Fire officials said they would have objected to either plan had they been consulted. The trap doors, they said, were too narrow and the procedure of cutting through the coverings too complicated to be done by firefighters in the dark confusion of a smoky fire.
    “Going forward, we are insisting that at least one of the stairways, if not both of them, remain clear and unobstructed and remain an area of refuge,” Mr. Gribbon said.
    On the day of the fire, the bank building had already been reduced to 26 floors, with the uppermost floors largely decontaminated, officials said. The 14th and 15th floors, just below where the fire started, were being prepared for decontamination and both stairwells on the 14th floor, A and B, had been sealed.
    When conditions on the floors below the fire suddenly deteriorated, firefighters realized that the stairways had been blocked. Though the emergency escape plan had said the evacuation mechanism would be marked by signs, fire commanders at the scene said the smoke was so black and thick it became difficult to see your hand in front of your face.
    Even firefighters who rushed to rescue the downed men told colleagues they did not realize the plywood seals they encountered had any kind of trap door. Indeed, a deputy chief and his aide tried to reach Firefighters Graffagnino and Beddia from the floor below by breaking through in both stairways. They did not realize there were trap doors in the plywood, and found it impossible to break through in time, several people with knowledge of the fire operations said.
    The two firefighters are believed to have been overcome by smoke, although the city’s medical examiner has not ruled on the causes of death as yet.
    Firefighter Graffagnino could not be revived even though a firefighter working with him tried to share air from his regulator with him for a moment. That firefighter himself was overcome in a moment by the smoke, and fell for a second before following a conduit toward the open north side of the building on his hands and knees, according to several people briefed on his experience.
    When rescuers did arrive, they found Firefighter Graffagnino about 18 feet from Stairway B. Firefighter Beddia was found lying farther inside the building, resting on top of the plywood that blocked the stairwell.
    “Had the stairwells not been substantially sealed off to the degree that they were, it is quite conceivable that Firefighter Beddia would have been able to get to the floor below,” said Deputy Chief Richard J. Alles, an official of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association.

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    Downtown Express
    October 5-11, 2007

    Morgy’s Deutsche probe will not stop at crimes

    By Josh Rogers

    Any officials guilty of wrongdoing, but not crimes, in the deadly Aug. 18 Deutsche Bank fire, will be rebuked by District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, a source briefed on the investigation said.

    Morgenthau’s prosecutors are focused on possible crimes committed by contractors and government officials involved with the Deutsche demolition and fire, but the D.A. also plans to issue a public report outlining any other misdeeds, the source told Downtown Express. He spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is continuing.

    “No stone will go unturned,” he said, adding that the city’s efforts to talk to witnesses first has raised prosecutors’ ire, but it will not block their investigation. The report will be akin to D.A. reports on police shootings, he added. It likely will be some time before it is released because it will follow the criminal probe.

    Fire investigators have concluded the blaze was started by a cigarette and that smoking was not uncommon in the building, even though it contained combustible materials and there was a no smoking rule. The building’s standpipe was broken and had not been tested in over a decade, leaving firefighters without a source of water.

    Numerous federal, state and city agencies were responsible for overseeing the demolition and it is owned by the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., a federally-funded public authority that is under the effective control of the governor.

    “It’s incredible,” said the source. “They sent 100 men into a fire without any water. A six-year old knows better.”

    A second source said that one unflappable homicide prosecutor who is used to inspecting grisly crime scenes was in utter shock after seeing how unsafe the building was for the firefighters, calling it a “deathtrap.”

    Firefighters Joseph Graffagino, 33, and Robert Beddia, 53 were both killed in the fire.

    Prior to the fire, L.M.D.C. officials had repeatedly assured residents the demolition would proceed safely. Over the years, Community Board 1, environmental activists and local politicians raised concerns over many aspects of the project including the L.M.D.C.’s hiring of a contractor with alleged mob ties, John Galt Corp.; falling debris from the building; and fire safety violations.

    At the end of last year, the L.M.D.C. passed direct supervision of the Deutsche building to its subsidiary, the Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center and it has taken it back since the fire.

    Last week, it was revealed that Charles Maikish, the former executive director of the Construction Center, wrote a memo in May warning L.M.D.C. Chairperson Avi Schick that Maikish did not have enough staff to properly supervise the project.

    The memo was written soon after a 15-foot pipe fell off the building and crashed through the next-door firehouse, injuring two firefighters slightly. Errol Cockfield, Schick’s spokesperson, said the L.M.D.C. has no record that anyone ever received Maikish’s memo.

    But Maikish’s concerns about the project were not confined to a private memo. In June, he told C.B. 1 members that the push to speed up the demolition led to the pipe crash.

    “When you change the routine, that’s when things can go awry,” he said then. Downtown Express published a page 1 article about the meeting headlined “Deutsche rush led to mishap, official admits.”

    Maikish left the center and his spokesperson declined to comment.

    On Wednesday, the New York Times reported that Galt prepared a fire emergency plan, that was given to the L.M.D.C., but the development corporation never passed on the information to the fire department. Because of the building’s toxic chemicals in the building, the stairways were blocked with plywood and the emergency trap doors were unsafe for firefighters, the Times reported.

    Cockfield, the L.M.D.C., spokesperson, declined to comment on why the fire safety plan was never given to the fire department.

    © 2007 Community Media, LLC

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    October 9, 2007

    Unions claim coverup in ground zero blaze

    Associated Press

    Two New York City fire unions claim the Fire Department is trying to cover up facts in the investigation into the fire at the former Deutsche Bank building.

    The heads of the Uniformed Firefighters and Fire Officers. Associations say top brass at the department told fire chiefs at a meeting last month to stop sending any e-mails about the fire at the ground zero skyscraper.

    The department said Tuesday it was preparing a response.

    A deadly blaze on Aug. 18 exposed dangerous fire hazards at the contaminated ground zero skyscraper, which was being dismantled.

    Firefighters union president Steve Cassidy says the department doesn't want the truth about the investigation to come out.

    Copyright © 2007, The Associated Press

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    From Newsday

    Dismantling of WTC tower in deadly fire planned to resume in Nov.

    NEW YORK - The owners of a condemned ground zero skyscraper hope to resume dismantling work next month, and the weeks of delays after a deadly August fire shouldn't affect the rebuilding schedule at the World Trade Center site, a state development leader said Thursday.

    "There's plenty of time for us to get the building down," said Avi Schick, chairman of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., the state agency that owns the former Deutsche Bank tower.

    Schick wouldn't estimate exactly when dismantling would be complete at the 26-story tower just across from ground zero. One-third of the building had been taken down since December. Before the August fire, the LMDC had said the building, heavily damaged by the collapse of the trade center's south tower on Sept. 11, would be removed by the end of the year.

    "I want to reiterate my commitment to finishing that job," Schick told business leaders at a Crain's forum in midtown Manhattan. "We will remove this last ugly vestige and reminder of Sept. 11."

    The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the trade center site, plans to use the land to build one of five planned office towers that would become a downtown headquarters for JP Morgan Chase & Co. The agency also needs to form underground connections to a parking facility and sewer lines on the land.

    Work to dismantle the tower floor by floor _ and clean several floors of toxic debris left by the trade center's collapse _ stopped after the Aug. 18 blaze that killed two city firefighters.

    Schick said the multiple investigations by Manhattan prosecutors and others looking into the cause of the fire and the oversight of the building wouldn't slow down plans to take down the tower.

    He said work continues this month to reseal some contaminated floors and make safety improvements to the building, and that contractors hope to resume taking the building down in early November.

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    Default hooray, but they should be careful

    I really do hope this time that safety comes first. No more tragedy at the site!

    But it sounds like the timeline will keep the JP Morgan replacement on schedule would be my guess.

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    Before the August fire, the LMDC had said the building, heavily damaged by the collapse of the trade center's south tower on Sept. 11, would be removed by the end of the year.
    The target date for completion was set long before work actually began. It's when the LMDC/PA wanted it done, so work on the garage could begin.

    It was unreasonable for them to maintain that timetable as work progressed. The pace was about a floor every two weeks. Even allowing for the building getting shorter, doubling that pace would not have gotten it done by the end of the year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarrylStrawberry View Post
    From Newsday

    Dismantling of WTC tower in deadly fire planned to resume in Nov.

    "...There's plenty of time for us to get the building down," said Avi Schick, chairman of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., the state agency that owns the former Deutsche Bank tower. .....
    that should give them plenty of time to come up w/ a better design for tower 5 instead of that hideous design JP Chase has in mind

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    So who is going to be doing the dismantling this time around? That's kind of important information.

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