It’s gone. Really, it’s gone.
It has taken six years of halting construction work, culminating nine-and-a-half years after the events of 9/11, but 130 Liberty Street, the former Deutsche Bank Building, has finally been dismantled to street level. There has been toxic dust and a deadly fire, scandal and lawsuits, but as progress really takes off at Ground Zero, it seemed only a matter of time before the building finally disappeared.
Unlike so many other World Trade Center milestones, this one was marked with absolutely no fanfare. But really, what is there to celebrate besides embarassment? The announcement came through a simple two-line construction update, according to The Tribeca Trib, and all that remains now is for the excavation of the building’s basement, due to be completed by the end of this week, when the LMDC will turn the site over to the Port Authority.
The building may finally be gone, but the strife continues. Three construction managers go on trial next month for their role in the death of two firefighters in 2007, and the city is preparing to sue lead contractor Bovis Lend Lease for $100 million for what the city considers wasted money associated with a mismanaged project.