By WILLIAM NEUMAN
December 12, 2003 -- Developer Larry Silverstein's Freedom Tower design team was so upset over an alleged raid on their offices by staffers of Ground Zero planner Daniel Libeskind that they brought in former Police Commissioner Howard Safir to investigate, sources said yesterday.
"They wanted to know what happened. They were very angry and they wanted to see what was behind it and who did it," said a source familiar with Safir's probe, which took place late last week.
Staffers at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Silverstein's architects, have been calling the Dec. 4 nighttime raid the "Watergate break-in."
Libeskind wants the top of the building to closely resemble the original sketches in his master plan, while Childs has suggested instead a top he believes works better with the buildings torqued lower floors.
Libeskind is also opposed to Childs' plan to put electricity-generating wind turbines on the upper portions of the tower - largely because they conflict with his roof design.
Meanwhile, sources who detailed the aftermath of the Dec. 4 raid said Safir, whose firm Safir Rosetti does security work for Silverstein, sent an investigator the next day to interview Skidmore staffers who were there at the time.
Skidmore says architects from Libeskind's staff entered their office and began taking documents and snapping photographs.
Libeskind used the material the next day in a meeting with top Pataki staffers to make the case that Childs was ignoring him.