Thursday, April 27, 2006

Freedom Tower Construction Starts Tomorrow

NEW YORK (Reuters) -The rebuilding of New York's World Trade Center was set to begin on Thursday, just one day after officials approved plans to erect the Freedom Tower and other buildings where the Twin Towers stood until September 11.

Developer Larry Silverstein said construction crews will arrive at 8:30 a.m. to start work on the 1,776-foot Freedom Tower, the tallest of the buildings, which will stand at a height symbolic of America's independence.

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The landowner, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, approved the deal that Silverstein had agreed to on Tuesday, ending four years of often acrimonious debate over what to do with the site destroyed by the 2001 attacks.

Three other new office buildings and a residential tower will eventually surround a memorial, museum and cultural center dedicated to what relatives of the September 11 victims consider a sacred site. Construction would finish by 2011 or 2012.

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Blogger Brooke said...

No kidding. On the premier of 93, no less!

I hope they can get it done a little faster than that. Although it isn't exactly what I'd hoped to see go up, it's definitely better than a hole in the ground!

April 27, 2006  
Blogger LiberalismIsAMentalDisorder said...

I look forward to this!

April 27, 2006  
Blogger American Crusader said...

Finally...I lived on Staten Island in the late sixties watching The Twin Towers go up. I will be glad to see something filling that void

April 27, 2006  
Blogger kevin said...

Brooke makes a good point I hadn't thought of.
I'm glad to see it finally go up too. I decided not to write about all the controversy surrounding what if anything should be built. PBS Frontline has an interesting documentary about that subject that you watch online. Personally I would've built three towers and made sure they were even taller, but hat's just me :)

April 27, 2006  
Blogger Iran Watch said...

I know it has had its share of critics, but I like the design. I'm glad they are finally going to start building

April 27, 2006  
Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

Not a moment too soon hun!
thanks for the post Kev..:)

April 27, 2006  
Blogger beakerkin said...

I am sorry I am in VT as I was there for both attacks

April 28, 2006  

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