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Bovis fields questions on 130 Liberty St. fire.

Lower Manhattan community members recently met with city officials and two representatives from Bovis Lend Lease to address concerns regarding the recent fire at 130 Liberty Street.

After listening to opening statements, community members were given the opportunity to pose questions directly to Bovis's executive vice president Mark Melson, as well as the senior vice president and the principal of Bovis's New York office James Abadie.

Each individual was allowed to direct one question to the two men, in addition to those posed by the panel of city officials moderating the meeting.

Representing the community and leading the panel discussion was assembly speaker Sheldon Silver, Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer, Community Board 1 chairwoman Julie Menin, and vice-chair Catherine McVay Hughes.

Melson began with the following remarks, "We deeply, deeply regret the loss of life and subsequent injuries which occurred at 130 Liberty St. I have to say though, the demolition of 130 Liberty St. is one of the most complicated and highly regulated abatement and demolition projects ever in the history of this city."

Following questions, Melson and Abadie assured the community that a new safety plan is being developed and will likely go into effect by the time deconstruction resumes at the Deutsche Bank building.

Among other safety measures, the new plan will include a new code for monitoring the building's dry standpipe, according to Melson's statements. He also said that the team of on-site managers that had been responsible for overseeing and ensuring the safety at the site will all be replaced.

Melson also agreed to send a Bovis representative to meet on a regular basis with CB1 members as they draft a plan of action over the coming months.

The community board will be holding another meeting Wednesday, September 5, at 6 p.m. on the topic of community notification of the various stages of the project.
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Date:Sep 12, 2007
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