A state-court judge has dismissed a lawsuit involving a security plan for the World Trade Center. Residents of Lower Manhattan filed suit against the New York City Police Department for their plan to build a wall around the building to secure the area.
The group sued the department in November, arguing that the idea would pollute the air and also create a traffic snarl. New York State Supreme Court Justice Margaret Chan threw out the lawsuit, reasoning the police department did meet federal environmental review regulations and looked at alternative measures.
The judge ruled that the security plan would not resemble a walled city but rather offered connections to other neighborhoods
and ample green space. Chan also said the only somewhat uninviting features to the plan were the sally ports and police security checkpoints.
The New York City Police Department plan involves creating a perimeter around Vesey Street on the north, Church Street on the east, Liberty Street on the south and West Street on the west. The measure to secure the four access points will cost $44 million in the 2014 fiscal year.