Westfield Pushes for WTC Retail

Westfield Group, the mall owner that operated the retail space in Manhattan’s World Trade Center before it was destroyed by terrorists on 9/11, wants to start building at Ground Zero, according to this article.

Peter Lowy, Westfield’s global co-managing director, says that his firm has the money to fund the project on its own. “We could write a check,” he told the Journal. His firm’s plan calls for 540,000 square feet of underground and street level retail.

Apparently it won’t be an easy effort, though, because Ground Zero developer Larry Silverstein is supposedly against Westfield’s plan because it would further delay the development of his office buildings on the site.

We don’t want to point any fingers saying who is right or wrong in this debate, but we just wish SOMETHING would get built at the site. It’s pathetic that this has taken so long. In this city we can get two baseball fields open on time, but we can’t rebuild a section of town where thousands lost their lives.


3 Responses to “Westfield Pushes for WTC Retail”

  1. 1 Geoffrey June 10, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Agreed. Moreover, the neighborhood downtown needs more retail surrounding the PATH terminal. Does Wall Street need any new office space in the next ten years?

  2. 2 Abby June 10, 2009 at 10:01 am

    This is a relatively huge empty area in Manhattan, which will provide the city with the opportunity to redesign the landscape. You can’t just stick a mall in there and design around it. That’s kind of hasty decision making is what makes the US such a wasteful country. It would probably be thrown up just to get something in place and then torn down, wasting natural resources and millions of dollars in materials.
    In addition, this is a MEMORIAL SITE, not swamp land in the Mid-West.

  3. 3 Respect June 10, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Because so many lost their lives at the location, the edifice should be built with a spirit of contemplation and reverence, not haste.

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