Ground Zero Hotel Sues Over Construction Noise

Friday, Aug 5, 2011  |  Updated 6:35 PM EDT
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Ground Zero Hotel Sues Over Construction Noise

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The owner of a Manhattan hotel overlooking ground zero says noise from rebuilding there is driving guests away and the agency in charge has turned a deaf ear to requests to quell the din.

The Millennium Hilton's corporate owner says in a lawsuit filed Thursday it's lost $8 million since 2006.

The hotel says companies have canceled meetings and guests have shortened their stays because of rock-blasting, debris clattering into trash containers and other noise that extends late into the night.

The World Trade Center site's owner, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, declined to comment. Silverstein Properties, a developer working on part of the site, says its work is done during regular business hours.

The lawsuit says the hotel has tried measures to muffle the sound.

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