A plan for building a memorial honoring the 98 people who died in the
Hanzman said it would not be feasible for a government entity to buy the former 12-story condo property in
But a handful of Champlain condo owners and renters who lost family members in the tragedy completely disagreed with Hanzman’s preference for the memorial in
“I believe the memorial should be at
Nicole Langesfeld, 26, and her husband,
“We obviously prefer to see the memorial at the site of Champlain,” Rodan told the judge. “I don’t think a park two blocks down the road is going to have the same sentiment.”
But Hanzman said options other than the park for a memorial are extremely limited. “I’m not going to give people false hope,” the judge said.
The idea for the alternative site emerged in mid-July when
In a letter to the judge, Gelber said that the park is currently undergoing a
Earlier this month, the
At Wednesday’s court hearing, a receiver for the
Together, Gelber, Goldberg and Kadre toured a couple of acres on the northern edge of the
“The land is absolutely spectacular,” Goldberg told the judge Wednesday. “It’s only 70 steps or so from the collapse site. This would be very suitable if we could construct something nice. We’re waiting for
Discussion of the alternative
Hanzman, the judge, said he is counting on the sale of the roughly 1.9-acre
Meanwhile, a “consolidated class-action” case was filed Monday on behalf of the victims and survivors, but it still only names the Champlain Towers South condo association as the defendant.
A lawyer heading the class-action effort,
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