From the Daily News:
Taxpayers will have to cough up another $20 million for Ground Zero because of the brutal battle raging between the Port Authority and developer Larry Silverstein.
The agency's board voted on Thursday to pay 14 different consultants to plan and design new blueprints for the World Trade Center site that would scrap two of the builder's iconic towers.
Known as "Plan B," the redesign was ordered two months ago by Gov. Paterson as a way to ensure that public projects on the 16-acre site would still rise if Silverstein withdraws or is booted from downtown.
The seemingly intractable mess between the developer and the PA over what gets built when and who pays for it is now being reviewed by an independent panel that is expected to act later this year.