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Frequently Asked Questions
The Deutsche Bank Building at 130 Liberty Street
The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation is committed to taking down the Deutsche Bank Building in a manner that is protective of the health and safety of everyone who lives and works in the area. Furthermore, we are committed to finding as many potential human remains and items of personal property as possible, and to ensuring that any findings of this type are treated with the utmost dignity, care and respect.
Our search process has been successful in identifying even the smallest remains -- often a centimeter or less in size. The city’s Chief Medical Examiner is confident that the process established with the LMDC will ensure that remains are found and handled in a way that is respectful and sensitive to the needs of the families.
Q: When did LMDC acquire the former Deutsche Bank Building at 130 Liberty Street? Top ^
Q: Were there any searches for remains prior to the LMDC taking ownership? Top ^
Q: When did LMDC crews first find human remains? Top ^
Q: Were there any searches for remains between August 31, 2005, and the start of preliminary abatement and scaffolding work in September, 2005? Top ^
Q: Why are LMDC crews finding remains if there had been inspections of the building prior to the LMDC taking ownership? Top ^
Q: Where have the remains been found? Top ^
Q: What did LMDC work crews do once remains were found in September of 2005? Top ^
The LMDC and the OCME jointly established protocols for the handling of potential human remains, which all workers at the site are required to read and sign. These protocols include immediately stopping work in a given area, contacting the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and the New York City Police Department’s Chief Property Clerk.
Q: Why have more remains been found recently? Top ^
After an increase in the finding of potential human remains during the thorough cleaning of the stone that comprises the roof ballast, the LMDC implemented an even more thorough search plan for the roof, which was derived through meetings and discussions with family members of 9/11 victims, contractors working on site, the FDNY and the OCME.
In early April, the LMDC implemented this new search plan, which included OCME and FDNY personnel, an anthropologist from LMDC’s environmental consulting firm, and retired firefighters joining in the search. The painstaking work of searching every inch of roof ballast is taking place with crews on their hands and knees going through the stone. This has yielded a greater number of findings in recent weeks.
As a result of the LMDC implemented search techniques, the protocols for finding of potential human remains have been updated to reflect the on site OCME and FDNY personnel and the LMDC hired archeologist. All on-site personnel participating in the examination and work associated with ballast removal from the roof are required to review and follow these protocols.
Q: What happens with potential human remains or items of property that are found at 130 Liberty Street? Top ^
Q: Who handles notification of the finding of remains or property? Top ^