Volume 22, Number 27 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | November 13 - 19, 2009
Reports of Deutsche demo
Demolition work still has not begun at the former Deutsche Bank building.
A spokesperson for the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., which owns the building, said last Wednesday that crews had started knocking down the 26th floor. This week, the spokesperson, John De Libero, said the start of work was delayed because the equipment mobilization took longer than expected and the scissor crane operators had to go through city Dept. of Buildings training. De Libero said the training is now complete and work should begin later this week.
The skyscraper across from the World Trade Center site was damaged on 9/11 and has been beset with many obstacles since then, including numerous safety violations and a fire in August 2007 that killed two firefighters.
The latest accident came on Tuesday, when a wrench fell from the 26th floor of the building, hit a loading dock and bounced up to strike a worker on the knee, according to the L.M.D.C. and the D.O.B. The worker was treated at the scene for minor injuries and then was taken to the hospital as a precaution, the L.M.D.C. said. The D.O.B. issued violations but did not stop work on the project.