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Why is Chase Manhattan Plaza Still Closed Off?


07.06.12 Joshua Rivera

The fences went up around Chase Manhattan Plaza almost as soon as Occupy Wall Street was underway. Ever since then, The New York Times reports, JPMorgan Chase has never issued a statement regarding the closure, but many believe the fences were put there to keep protestors out. Now, a lawsuit between construction consultant Richard Nagan and the New York City Department of Buildings is underway to make the Plaza’s building plans available to the public, after having been withheld do to the nature of the Plaza’s sensitivity as a “potential terrorism target”. The plans, according to Nagan, would “show whether the bank was carrying out renovations or simply obtaining a series of permits while keeping the plaza off limits.”

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