After a lot of planning and a lot of toxin-finding even up until a few weeks ago, the Environmental Protection Agency has approved a demolition strategy for the Deutsche Bank at 130 Liberty Street. The Lower Manhattan Construction Command CEnter says that deconstruction will start within a month, in hopes that the building will be gone by September 2007. But the Department of Buildings tells the NY Times, "Right now there are no plans filed for the deconstruction. The intent is that the work will be done in phases and that we will not give a permit until we get clearance from the E.P.A. that the abatement on each floor has been completed.” Another issue the NY Times brings up: The lack of public discussion about what will happen with the demolition.
The Daily News has been questioning Governor Pataki's desire to demolish the building so quickly. Yesterday, it reported that Pataki's lackeys met with the EPA last week to move the project "forward quickly," even though local EPA officials and residents are worried that even more harmful World Trade Center dust will escape from the building during its destruction. The building has been in a clean-up process for a while, with workers also working to find bone fragments scattered on the roof.