Police told the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />New York Sun that the new FreedomTower is being built too close to the street so there’s no room to build a buffer zone around the building.

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A board member of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation which looks after the site reports that police say the 8m distance been the building’s walls and the street is half as much as they’d like – they want 16m.

The fear is that close proximity will make the new building vulnerable to the sort of truck bomb that obliterated the federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995.

One solution mooted could see a move of the street to create a larger buffer zone.