World Trade Center reopens for business
The World Trade Center has re-opened for business, 13 years after the Sep.11 terrorist attacks, marking a milestone for the US. The eight-year construction of the 1,776-foot (541-meter) -high skyscraper came after years of political, financial and legal infighting that threatened to derail the project.
Officials at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the site, have called the building the most secure in the world.
The tower sits at the center of the site where the Twin Towers once stood, and overlooks the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
The 104-story, $3.9 billion skyscraper dominates the Manhattan skyline and is America’s tallest building. An observation deck eventually will be open to the public.
The New York City skyline is whole again, as One World Trade Center takes its place in Lower Manhattan,” said Patrick Foye, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey that owns both the building and the World Trade Center site.
He said One World Trade Center “sets new standards of design, construction, prestige and sustainability; the opening of this iconic building is a major milestone in the transformation of Lower Manhattan into a thriving 24/7 neighborhood.”
The Port Authority, which will use space in the building, has already moved some employees in. And the federal General Services Administration will eventually use 275,000 square feet.
– Sharanya Bharathwaj