of WTC Memorial Plans
Thu Jul 25, 2:24 AM ET
By KATHERINE ROTH, Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK (AP) - The building where George
Washington was inaugurated is housing an exhibit
of proposals for the future of the World Trade
Center site, along with photos of the site from
the last half-century.
Hundreds of people flocked Wednesday to the
opening of the exhibit at New York's Federal Hall,
just blocks from ground zero.
Although many visitors said they didn't like any
of the six proposals, most were happy with the
exhibit and the fact that the public has a chance
to submit comments to planners.
Edward McCrorie, a professor from Rhode Island,
said he didn't feel good about one plan that
features 85-story towers. "The first two
towers were way too big and we've learned that
firemen can't deal with buildings that tall,"
Others were unhappy with the plans for the
"I think the trade towers should be rebuilt
and I don't see that option here," said Bill
Hough, 40, an employee at the city's Department of
Transportation. "The exhibit is great. It
presents alternatives and context; I just disagree
with the proposals here."
The free exhibit, which will be on display through
August, consists of design elements and concept
plans arrayed in a "Ring of Remembrance"
in the hall's rotunda. Photographs of the trade
center site from 1949 to Sept. 23, 2001, are on
view outside the ring.
Each of the six proposals includes a sprawling
memorial plus 11 million square feet of office
space to replace the twin towers, and 600,000
square feet each of retail and hotel space.
Tentative deadlines have been set to narrow the
six plans down to three by September and to one by
The exhibit was organized by the Lower Manhattan
Development Corporation, which is coordinating
rebuilding efforts, and the Port Authority of New
York and New Jersey, which owns the 16-acre site.
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