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5,000 town hall participants + 5,000 emailed suggestions + 8 advisory councils + 6 initial designs = Gridlock Gridlock

A government, business or institution's inability to function at a normal level due either to complex or conflicting procedures within the administrative framework or to impending change in the business.

As the one-year anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks is marked, some industry observers are wondering how the city is going to turn the thousands of opinions from residents, officials and others into a single plan to rebuild the site.

"There are way too many cooks in the kitchen for this project," said Insignia/ESG executive director Steve Berliner, who oversees the company's Downtown office. "For Downtown to rebound rebound (rē´bownd),
n/v 1. a recovery from illness.
n 2. an outbreak of fresh reflex activity after withdrawal of a stimulus

rebound adjective
, we really need to have a plan in place."

To be sure, there are many complex questions that need to be answered before rebuilding can begin, such as how much office and retail space should be constructed and what type of memorial the plan should include. But the opinions on these subjects are as diverse as the people who were affected by the tragic events of Sept. 11, leaving some to wonder whether one plan will ever satisfy the myriad concerns surrounding the project.

"Not every problem is going to be solved," said Peter Sabesan, principal of Hunter Realty realty n. a short form of "real estate." (See: real estate)

REALTY. An abstract of real, as distinguished from personalty. Realty relates to lands and tenements, rents or other hereditaments. Vide Real Property.
 Organization LLC (Logical Link Control) See "LANs" under data link protocol.

LLC - Logical Link Control
. "I thought the city did a great job up until now. The only way we're going to rebound from this devastation is to start rebuilding. Right now, nothing's happening."

Bruce Mosler, president of U.S. operations for Cushman & Wakefield who serves on one of the LMDC's advisory councils, said one entity - whether it's the city, state or another one - must take ownership of the project if it is to be successful.

"It is difficult to make joint decisions unless you empower empower verb To encourage or provide a person with the means or information to become involved in solving his/her own problems  the city or state," Mosler said.

Regardless of which group oversees it, rebuilding will not begin for at least the next few months. The Lower Manhattan Lower Manhattan is the southernmost part of the island of Manhattan, the main island and center of business and government of the City of New York. Lower Manhattan is generally defined as the area delineated on the north by Chambers Street, on the west by the Hudson River (North  Development Corporation decided to open the planning process to architects and planners worldwide.

The LMDC LMDC Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (New York City, NY, USA)
LMDC Lake Merritt Dance Center (Oakland, California)
LMDC Logistics Management Development Course
LMDC Laser Motion & Development Company
 released a request for qualifications Aug. 19, which is open to licensed architects and professional planners and landscape architects. The LMDC will work with New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of
 New Visions, a coalition of 21 architecture, engineering, planning landscape architecture and design organizations, to narrow the list of potentially thousands of candidates to between 10 and 20. The deadline for responses to the RFQ RFQ Request For Quote
RFQ Request For Quotation
RFQ Request for Qualifications (part of a potential client's preliminary selection process)
RFQ Radio Frequency Quadrupole (accelerator technology) 
 is Sept. 16 and up to five teams will be selected Sept. 30. The design study concludes in mid-November and by the end of November, all teams must submit final content and presentation materials, including hard-line drawings, free-hand sketches, renderings, computer generated images and site models.

"This effort to reach out to the finest architects and planners around the globe significantly expands the search for the best design talent," said LMDC chairman John Whitehead John Whitehead may refer to:
  • John Whitehead (singer) (1949–2004), an American singer and one-half of the duo McFadden & Whitehead
  • John Whitehead (explorer) (1860–1899), a British explorer
. "The goal of everyone working on the rebuilding program is to create a truly beautiful and vibrant new Lower Manhattan while appropriately honoring the victims of Sept. 11."

The decision to widen wid·en  
tr. & intr.v. wid·ened, wid·en·ing, wid·ens
To make or become wide or wider.

widen·er n.
 the scope of the rebuilding efforts came just weeks after six preliminary proposals for the World Trade Center site were universally panned by the public and critics alike. The plans called for replacing all the square footage of office space that was lost during the attacks as well as building retail space, a memorial and housing.

Even New York University New York University, mainly in New York City; coeducational; chartered 1831, opened 1832 as the Univ. of the City of New York, renamed 1896. It comprises 13 schools and colleges, maintaining 4 main centers (including the Medical Center) in the city, as well as the  is venturing into the rebuilding realm by offering a course called "Creative Cities: The Ground Zero Lab." It is being offered through NYU's School of Continuing and Professional Studies and Creative Cities and invites architects, engineers, lawyers and others to consider urban regeneration Regeneration (biology)

The process by which an animal restores a lost part of its body. Broadly defined, the term can include wound healing, tissue repair, and many kinds of restorative activities.
 across the globe as a model for Lower Manhattan. The course, which will run from Sept. 17 through Dec. 10 will culminate culminate, in astronomy, the maximum height in the sky reached by a celestial body on a given day. At the culminate the body is crossing the observer's celestial meridian and is said to be in upper transit.  in the creation of digital models for an ideal redevelopment plan. Alexandros Washburn, the former president of the Penn Station Redevelopment Corporation, will moderate the course.

"The Ground Zero Lab gives New Yorkers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to incorporate the Creative Cities perspective into the most important redevelopment plan in our city's history," said Linda Lees Linda Lee may refer to:
  • Linda Lee Cadwell - Wife of Bruce Lee and mother of Brandon Lee
  • Linda Lee - Import Car Model
  • Linda Lee, a Bishop of the United Methodist Church
  • Linda Lee Thomas - Wife of Cole Porter
, director of the SCPS SCPS School of Continuing and Professional Studies
SCPS Space Communications Protocol Standards
SCPS Survivable Collective Protection System
SCPS Society of Civil & Public Servants
SCPS Self-Complimentary Planar Structure
 humanities program.

Recently, the LMDC decided to expand the rebuilding effort to include all of Downtown, from Chinatown to Battery Park. The LMDC hired the firm Peterson Littenberg Architects & Planners for the expanded effort and are working on creating an Empire Zone economic development district that would include much of Chinatown and parts of the Lower East Side. Under the program, sales and property tax benefits are offered to encourage businesses and new development.

Rebuilding officials said other firms would be sought through public requests for bidders by the LMDC or New York City New York City: see New York, city.
New York City

City (pop., 2000: 8,008,278), southeastern New York, at the mouth of the Hudson River. The largest city in the U.S.

Since the six initial designs were released in July, the LMDC and Port Authority have received 5,000 suggestions via email through the website, comments from over 5,000 participants at the "Listening to the City" town hall forums, comments from thousands of visitors to the exhibit of the plans at Federal Hall and additional input from LMDC's eight advisory councils.

"At 'Listening to the City' and other public forums throughout the last several months, we vowed to incorporate public input into the planning process," said Port Authority executive director Louis Tomson. "The invaluable public input we received is helping to shape the future of Downtown."

Sabesan said the office buildings should drive the design process, not the memorial as some have suggested. He added that he wasn't sure many SF of office space should be constructed, but pointed out that the towers were more than 95% occupied when they came down.

"The memorial should not drive the design, the office space should," Sabesan said. "The city has a one-time opportunity to get this right."

Mosler said the city should conduct a formal study to determine projections for the amount of office space the city will need in future years. "It will likely be 2007 or 2008 before any product goes up," he said. "We have to look at a fairly long horizon."

One idea that was broached by the Bloomberg administration during discussions of the rebuilding process involves a proposed land swap that could give the city control of the vacant 16-acre trade center site. Under the proposal, the city would swap the land at the site with the land at the city's two airports. When it was first introduced, the idea was met with positive feedback from many involved in the rebuilding process. However, it remains to be seen whether a deal involving a land swap could be reached.

"It would simplify the process and get the state of New Jersey and the Port Authority out of the picture," Berliner said. "In my opinion, their only interest is financial."

With the land swap getting further consideration, Larry Silverstein's continued role in the project is being questioned. Some believe that the designs released in July were severely restricted by the provisions contained in the lease struck between Silverstein and the Port Authority, which requires Silverstein to rebuild all the space that was lost. Some have suggested that the city should reach a settlement with Silverstein whereby he is allowed to keep a portion of the insurance proceeds but is not involved in the redevelopment efforts.
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Title Annotation:World Trade Center
Author:Keith, Natalie
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
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Geographic Code:1U2NY
Date:Sep 11, 2002
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