Tuesday, October 21, 2008

He Meant to Say "Another"

So the World Trade Center redevelopment may finally get moving again with the runner-up developers after the original bid winner unceremoniously skipped town. That's good news, I guess.

I got a chuckle out of the setup for a quote from Arnie Fielkow made in regard for the need to hurry completion of the project:

City Councilman Arnie Fielkow said if the project did not move forward in a timely fashion it would become a "black eye" for the city.

The next sentence in the article:

The project has been delayed for about 10 years and dates to former Mayor Marc Morial.

I'd say we've been getting battered for quite some time. I don't know if another delay could further bruise us. Since I've lived in New Orleans I have only known the WTC as an abandoned building.


Anonymous said...

Parts of it have been occupied. The building has been known to have major code related problems, primarily related to the arrangement of the exit stairs (see the Rault Center fire for why), that have prevented it from being occupied.

The retrofit to fix the situation can only be done with a major renovation, as in gutting the whole thing and cutting new stair openings from top to bottom. And then there is the asbestos.

This sort of thing is done, but rarely on this kind of scale, and usually a historic tax credit or other such incentive in needed to make it cost effective.

This often gets overlooking in discussion on why the building has been such a difficult sell.

E said...

Was demolition ever on the table?