BY PAUL D. COLFORD
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Mayor Bloomberg dealt a blow yesterday to preservation groups fighting to keep the Survivors Staircase intact at the World Trade Center site.
He dismissed the idea of housing the 175-ton structure in the office tower due to rise where the staircase now stands, as preservationists want, or to put the steps in the planned WTC Museum.
The Lower Manhattan Development Corp., the city-state agency that will have the last word on the issue, "has accepted public comment, [and] now it's time to make a decision," Bloomberg spokesman John Gallagher told the Daily News.
The comments appeared to put the mayor at odds with the Spitzer administration, whose economic development agency said yesterday the preservationists' views were among those still being considered and a public hearing might be held.
The agency, the Empire State Development Corp., is the parent of LMDC.
Meanwhile, BPC United, a Battery Park City organization, slammed preservation groups for wanting to save the entirety of what it called a "half-demolished hunk of concrete" and "an eyesore."
The staircase was used by many 9/11 survivors as a route down to safety on Vesey St.
Originally published on February 13, 2007
There is nothing sacred to this administration. Considering the worst terrorist attack in United States history is the reason this mayor is in office today, you'd think he'd give a damn.
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