Volume 17 • Issue 34 • Jan. 14 - 20, 2005


L.M.D.C. switches air quality firms

The Lower Manhattan Development Corp. board voted on Thursday to change the company monitoring air quality during the deconstruction of the Deutsche Bank building at 130 Liberty St. The L.M.D.C.’s Amy Peterson said there was no problem with the current firm, Ambient Group, but the agency wanted to have an open bidding process for the contract.

Peterson said 34 firms bid on the contract and she recommended the board hire one or more of the following five firms for a two-year, $500,000 contract: AKRF Inc., BEM Systems, GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc., LiRo Engineers and TRC Engineers.

Although the contract grew out of a bidding process, Peterson said the development corporation would be paying roughly the same rates it has been paying Ambient.

The money comes out of previously authorized money in the L.M.D.C.’s Partial Action Plan 7, approved by the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development last year. The $176 million plan included $164 million to cover the costs of buying and dismantling the damaged Deutsche building across from the World Trade Center site.

—Josh Rogers



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