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.
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.