There has been talk for some
time about rebuilding at Ground Zero.
There were millions of square feet of office space erased
by the collapse of the towers...not to mention all the souls lost...
The 52-story building at 7 World Trade Center - across the street from the main trade center site - will be sleeker and five stories taller than its predecessor, which collapsed in a raging fire several hours after the twin 110-story towers were destroyed in the Sept. 11 attack.
"The fact that this building is going up now and going up here, right on the site of the old No. 7, says that we will not be intimidated by the terrorists," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.
Architects are still laboring to create designs for the larger trade center site. Although those plans will not be made final until next year, developer Larry Silverstein and his architect, David Childs of Skidmore Owings & Merrill, said their design for 7 World Trade would serve as a model. The main site is owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; Silverstein is the leaseholder.
The new building, scheduled to open in late 2005, has been designed with stairs 20 percent wider than required by the city code, sturdier fireproofing than required, and an internal antenna system for improved communication by firefighters and police. Rescuers have complained of radio trouble on Sept. 11. The first 10 stories will be occupied by a Con Edison power company substation; other tenants have not been determined.
The original 7 World Trade Center housed a Con Ed substation, the mayor's Office of Emergency Management and other government and financial offices. It had been evacuated when it fell, and no one died there.
NEW YORK (AP) - A 20-ton slab of granite, inscribed to honor "the enduring spirit of freedom," was laid Sunday at the World Trade Center site as the cornerstone of the skyscraper that will replace the destroyed towers.
The ceremony marked the start of construction on the 1,776-foot Freedom Tower, designed as a twisting glass and steel tower that evokes the Statue of Liberty, including a 276-foot spire resembling her torch.
Gov. George E. Pataki said he chose July 4 to begin rebuilding to show that the terrorists who attacked New York on Sept. 11, 2001, didn't destroy America's faith in freedom.
"How badly our enemies underestimated the resiliency of this city and the resolve of these United States," Pataki said. "In less than three years, we have more than just plans on paper _ we place here today the cornerstone, the foundation of a new tower."
The cornerstone put in place Sunday is garnet-flecked granite from the Adirondack Mountains. Garnet is the New York state gemstone.
It is inscribed: "To honor and remember those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and as a tribute to the enduring spirit of freedom - July Fourth, 2004."
It was felt that this would relieve security issues involving the potential for vehicle bombs getting near the building.
Construction is expected to start in 2006 and be completed in 2010
REMAINDER OF THIS PAGE IS COMMERCIALS...
ENJOY AT YOUR OWN RISK...
THANK YOU, GOD BLESS YOU AND
A M E R I C A
Quick nav links to our best stores!!
[ Mall Directory | Books | Harry Potter | Videos | Music | Star Wars ]
We belong to all the following
Paid To Click programs!!!
We have received a LOT of payments from them!!
We are recommending only these as we have tried others
but they had problems of one kind or another...
We invite you to join..some have signup bonuses!!!