Residents sue over TOO MUCH SECURITY around World Trade Center

Posted: 4:42 PM, Jan 09, 2014
Updated: 2014-01-09 23:23:17-05
One World Trade Center Deemed Tallest Building In North America

The level of security around One World Trade Center is driving some residents to litigation. (Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — New Yorkers living around the rebuilt World Trade Center are fighting what they call the “fortresslike” security planned for their neighborhood. They say the $40 million barrier would block them in.

Residents have sued the New York Police Department, the city and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs the trade center.

In Manhattan state Supreme Court on Thursday, members of the World Trade Center Neighborhood Alliance asked Judge Margaret Chan to stop the plans for guard booths, gates, fencing and checkpoints.

The judge didn’t rule and said she’ll first visit the site.

Longtime resident Mary Perillo says the neighborhood has become far more residential since 9/11. She says the security plan isolates residents while accommodating tourists.

The city says the security is necessary.