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Volume 19 | Issue 24 | Oct. 27 - Nov. 2, 2006

Deutsche delays continue

The 40-story, former Deutsche Bank tower at 130 Liberty St. will stay 40 stories tall for a few more weeks. Damaged on 9/11, the building has long been scheduled for a floor-by-floor demolition to make way for the new World Trade Center’s Tower 5 and an underground bus garage and truck ramps.

The demo process has been delayed for years by insurance disputes, environmental questions, the discovery of human remains on the building’s roof and concerns about worker safety. Finally set to commence in late October, the demolition has now been pushed back another three to four weeks, according to a spokesperson at the Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center, who would only discuss the delay on the condition of anonymity.

The source said that this latest delay was not caused by the discovery of more remains near the World Trade Center. Rather, the need to clean and dismantle heavy machinery on the 38th and 39th floors has set the project back.

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