NY Post - December 31, 2009by TOM TOPOUSIS
The Deutsche Bank Building is finally coming down -- but at a snail's pace.
More than two months after the city gave the long-stalled deconstruction project the go-ahead, workers have removed just two floors from the remaining 26 stories of the toxic tower, officials confirmed yesterday.
At the current rate, the deconstruction project would be hard pressed to meet its latest deadline at the end of 2010, jeopardizing crucial construction projects needed to continue work at the World Trade Center across the street.
Officials at the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., which is overseeing the deconstruction, said they are pressing the contractor, Bovis Lend Lease, to find safe ways to speed up the project.
"We have told the contractor to improve efficiency, but not at the expense of safety," the LMDC said in a statement.
But officials yesterday refused to set a timetable for completing the project, which was initially scheduled to be done by the end of 2008.