Coalition Of 9/11 Families Accuse WTC Developers Of Moving Too Fast
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The Coalition of 9/11 families says developers eager to start work on the World Trade Center memorial are jumping the gun.
The group was joined at a press conference Friday by environmental and preservation advocates to voice concerns that developers are sacrificing the past in their rush to begin work. They argue this Sunday's Freedom Tower cornerstone-laying ceremony honoring the groundbreaking construction is too soon and that many issues remain, like basic historic preservation.
“There are currently today, with our own eyes we saw trucks driving across the physical remains of the footprints in preparation of this ceremony event,” said Anthony Gardner of the Coalition of 9/11 Families.
“History is important, and that's why we want the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the Port Authority and [World Trade Center lease holder Larry] Silverstein need to do everything that's legally required of them to protect the footprints and make sure they are here for future generations,” said the coalition’s Patricia Reilly.
The Port Authority said in a statement: "In addition to working with the federal government, the LMDC and all interested parties, we are conducting a comprehensive process to deal with the historic preservation of the World Trade Center footprints and other artifacts from the site. The process continues with family members actively participating."
The groups say other issues, such as proper building and fire codes, skyscraper safety, and air quality standards have also been put on the back burner by developers.
The PA says contracts with the city force them to obey building codes at all their facilities.