Pataki wants the signature tower completed by 2006. *Guess what happens in 2006.
Pataki To Lay Out Timetable For Rebuilding
(New York-WABC, April 24, 2003) — Today, Governor Pataki will answer the question that many have wondered, when will construction begin at Ground Zero? He will talk about reconstruction later today in a speech at Lower Manhattan, and say that the reconstruction is the next, and very necessary step in the war on terror.
Among the first to get underway is the centerpiece of reconstruction which is a soaring 17-hundred foot tower. Daniel Libeskind's vision was the winning design for the Trade Center Site. The soaring angular design includes a spire that would create the tallest building in the world. The design was the winner among a pool of nine proposals.
Also in the governor's plan:
*A transportation HUB joining Lower Manhattan subway lines and the Path train.
*A memorial to the victims of September 11th.
*$50 million dollars in street and roadway improvements.
Sources say the governor wants the projects completed, or at least substantially under way by the end of his current term, December 2006.
Largely, Pataki is responding to business interests.
Reportedly, many complained that the construction around the Trade Center site has made downtown unpleasant. Also, there were concerns over the governor and mayor's rivalry over the winning design for the WTC site, and, control of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation.