There are now even more delays on the construction of the memorial project at the World Trade Center site. The Daily News today released details of a new report that say the construction projects are even farther behind schedule than officials are acknowledging. The Freedom Tower, supposedly America’s defiant answer to terrorism, is now scheduled to be completed in 2018, a full 17 years after the attacks.
The Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center, a government panel that reports to Gov. David Paterson and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, composed a confidential draft “risk analysis” with details of the delays.
The Daily News reported that Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer “reviewed the report at the request of the Daily News,” according to the article.
Stringer said he’s disgusted with all the delays and that ground zero has looked like an unfinished parking lot for years and that’s an international scandal of epic proportions.
Stringer’s not the only one upset. There are many New Yorkers who are equally as frustrated.
“That’s kind of ridiculous,” one woman told CBS 2 HD. “I thought it was going to be finished in four years.”
One man said he’s hasn’t seen any progress at all.
“I’ve been walking past ground zero pretty much every day and I haven’t noticed much of a difference,” he said.
The Freedom Tower isn’t the only project behind schedule, according to the report, but also the grandiose transportation hub, which also may not be ready until 2018.
Furthermore, the emotional centerpiece of the ground zero projects, the September 11th Memorial, could be two years behind its 2011 deadline.
The possibility of yet another round of delays comes just as Paterson gave developer Larry Silverstein an ultimatum, saying the Port Authority was preparing to redevelop the 16-acre site without him, if necessary.
The Port Authority meanwhile has strongly disputed the report. A spokesman said on Tuesday that they are on schedule to meet all the deadlines released last fall.