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Year Long Review Begins For National Register of Historic Places

January 6 2004 at 9:03 PM
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Officials to Consider Role of Preservation at Ground Zero
By DAVID W. DUNLAP
Published: January 6, 2004
They will attempt to define the boundaries and features that would make ground zero eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, in a process outlined by the National Historic Preservation Act. Then they will assess what adverse effects that reconstruction might have on the historic areas and, if there are any adverse effects, propose ways to avoid, lessen or soften these impacts.
Many groups will be represented as consulting parties in the first meeting today, at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. But they will be there by invitation only. The meeting will otherwise be closed to the press and general public. The review process is expected to run at least until the summer.
Though the federal preservation act is 38 years old a product of an era in which interstate highways and urban renewal projects seemed to be obliterating the historical landscape it has rarely dealt with as unconventional a site as ground zero.
They will attempt to define the boundaries and features that would make ground zero eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, in a process outlined by the National Historic Preservation Act. Then they will assess what adverse effects that reconstruction might have on the historic areas and, if there are any adverse effects, propose ways to avoid, lessen or soften these impacts.
Many groups will be represented as consulting parties in the first meeting today, at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. But they will be there by invitation only. The meeting will otherwise be closed to the press and general public. The review process is expected to run at least until the summer.
Though the federal preservation act is 38 years old a product of an era in which interstate highways and urban renewal projects seemed to be obliterating the historical landscape it has rarely dealt with as unconventional a site as ground zero.
Ground zero is subject to review under Section 106 of the preservation act because the government is providing financing for the new PATH terminal, through the Federal Transit Administration; the reconstruction of West Street-Route 9A, through the Federal Highway Administration; and the activities of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, through the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Kevin M. Rampe, the president of the development corporation, said historical resources at the site would also be studied under a separate environmental review.
In the trade center review, there are now 65 consulting parties, and the list may grow. They include the Alliance for Downtown New York, the Coalition of 9/11 Families, the Families of September 11, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Municipal Art Society, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the New-York Historical Society, the New York Landmarks Conservancy, Pace University, the Regional Plan Association, Silverstein Properties, the Van Alen Institute, Verizon, the World Monuments Fund and three members of Congress.
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/06/nyregion/06REBU.html?ex=1074056400&en=5826b0ed6ed39dd7&ei=5062&partner=GOOGLE

 

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