NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Security over style — that’s the argument NYPD officials are making as they plan to install barricades and barriers in the area surrounding One World Trade Center.
What’s being lost, critics said, is a chance to restore a vibrant streetscape. They said the mistakes made 50 years ago that left the Twin Towers isolated from the city’s streets are being repeated.
The NYPD and other officials say security concerns must be addressed and their plan will make these streets more pedestrian and bike friendly. The Department’s post-construction security plan, which will cost an estimated $40 million, calls for multiple streets closed to most through traffic, just four entry checkpoints and five exit points over the entire 16-acre site.
Police will man security booths. Road barriers will go up, similar to those near the New York Stock Exchange and concrete bollards will be everywhere.
“The reason for that is we want to keep a car bomb off the site,” NYPD Deputy Commissioner Richard Daddario said.
Daddario laid out the plans for CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis, calling them necessary, safer, and, most importantly, pedestrian friendly.
“It will not be a fortress like environment. It will be a very open environment,” Daddario said.