Friday, July 02, 2004

NYC's Freedom Tower Construction to Begin

NEW YORK - Nearly three years after the twin towers fell, a 20-ton block of granite will be set in place Sunday to mark the official start of construction on the 1,776-foot tower that will rise on the site of the World Trade Center But plans for the site are far from being set in stone.

Details in the design of the $1.5 billion Freedom Tower, announced last year as a compromise between feuding architects, are still changing. Trade center leaseholder Larry Silverstein still has not signed an anchor tenant for the 70-story tower. And a recent trial over insurance proceeds limited how much he can collect, prompting some to question whether all five proposed office towers on the site will be built.

Despite the uncertainty, Sunday's cornerstone-laying is "an incredible step for the rebuilding of ground zero," said Daniel Libeskind, the designer who conceived the site's original master plan.

The Freedom Tower is set to rise in a corner of the site that still holds the ruins of a parking garage. At 1,776 feet, a height meant to symbolize the year of America's independence, it will be the tallest skyscraper in the world.

This is some great news. I can't say I'm thrilled with the design, you can see the picture here, but the reasoning behind the concept is pretty cool.

I really am glad that it was decided to rebuild on the ground zero site. It shows the world that, you may be able to hurt us but. you will never keep us down.