Restarting the Rebuilding
July 1st, 2008

Port Authority director Christopher Ward has issued a stark report on the state of World Trade Center construction, stating that “the schedule and cost estimates of the rebuilding effort that have been communicated to the public are not realistic.” Nearly every aspect of the project is behind schedule. The memorial to honor people who died on September 11, 2001 will not be ready for 10th anniversary of the attack, as previously stated. There is no workable design for the transit hub. And the Deutsche Bank building, which is slated to be demolished, is still standing.

The report even goes asfar as to saythat the last monthmarked”the first time in the history of the rebuilding effort [that] the key stakeholders at the World Trade Center (WTC) site worked collaboratively with the goal of producing an accurate and current picture of where we are and where we need to go.”

A Daily News editorial puts the bulk of the blame on the Port Authority, writing that it has “mismanaged the job on a monumental level and vastly compounded its offense to the public and the families of the 9/11 dead by trying mightily to cover up its malfeasance.” And the New York Post writes that there is not chance that “anything remotely resembling the original plan can be built with the money available.”

A new set of deadlines and budgets is supposed to be released at the end of September.

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