First responder group alleges Durst canceled 1 WTC event due to leasing concerns

"This is all about profits, greed and getting the building leased," Tunnel to Towers chair says

New York /
Mar.March 08, 2016 02:15 PM

UPDATED, 4:23 p.m., March 9: The Durst Organization canceled a first responder organization’s charity “stair climb” at One World Trade Center — and the organizer claims it’s because the developer feared it would detract tenants from signing leases there.

“This is all about profits, greed and getting the building leased,’’ said John Hodge, chairman of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

Tunnel to Towers’ annual stair climb seeks to raise funds to build homes for war veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, the New York Post reported.

Hodge told the newspaper that Durst reluctantly participated last year, and for this year’s event, the landlord required approval from tenant One World Observatory, which it provided.

But a Durst spokesperson told The Real Deal that the event had not been agreed upon for this year, and therefore, it wasn’t canceled.

Hodge told Politico the landlord nixed the climb because it will affect “their ability to lease the remaining space in the building.”

The Durst spokesperson told the Post “the unique design and security requirement of One World Trade Center make stair-climbs extraordinarily challenging.”

“With more tenants,” the spokesperson, Jordan Barowitz, continued, “the logistics are even more complex this year. We share Mr. Hodge’s passion for his cause, have supported Tunnels to Towers in the past and have offered future support.”

Durst donated $25,000 to Tunnel to Towers, and more than $1 million to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, Politico reported.

On Sunday, the second annual New York City Firefighter Stair Climb will take place at 4 World Trade Center. The event honors the 343 firefighters who died on 9/11, according to a press release. [NYP and Politico]Dusica Sue Malesevic


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Condé Nast CEO Roger Lynch and Durst Organization chairman Douglas Durst (Getty, iStock)
Condé Nast considers move to Gold Coast to save money
Condé Nast considers move to Gold Coast to save money
261 Madison Avenue and 205 East 42nd Street are among the closed locations. (Sapir, Durst, WeWork)
WeWork dumps several Manhattan locations
WeWork dumps several Manhattan locations
Douglas Durst (Getty)
Douglas Durst tapped to be next REBNY chair
Douglas Durst tapped to be next REBNY chair
Douglas Durst and a rendering of the project (Getty, DRWC)
Durst’s $2B Philly waterfront redevelopment project approved
Durst’s $2B Philly waterfront redevelopment project approved
A photo illustration of Douglas Durst (iStock)
Mayor grants Durst Org its Astoria ferry wish
Mayor grants Durst Org its Astoria ferry wish
Anna Wintour of Condé Nast, One World Trade Center and Douglas Durst (Wintour by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images; 1WTC via iStock; Durst by Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Condé Nast wants out at 1WTC. Durst may not be OK with that
Condé Nast wants out at 1WTC. Durst may not be OK with that
Durst Organization chairman Douglas Durst and Advance Publications president Donald Newhouse with One World Trade Center (Newhouse by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration; Unsplash)
Condé Nast may be moving out of 1 WTC
Condé Nast may be moving out of 1 WTC
Moody's CEO Raymond McDaniel and 1 World Trade Center (McDaniel by Alex Wong/Getty Images; Pixabay)
Moody’s looks to sublease its 1 WTC office
Moody’s looks to sublease its 1 WTC office
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...