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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Sky News : New Ground Zero Skyscraper Design

Sky News : New Ground Zero Skyscraper DesignNEW GROUND ZERO DESIGN
The design for the building on the site where New York's twin towers once stood is about to be unveiled.

The Freedom Tower will be 1,776 feet high - the world's tallest building.

It will have 69 office floors topped by a restaurant - indoor and outdoor observation decks and an antenna within a trellis-like sculpture.

The launch comes after years of wrangling between developers, architects and families of the vicitms of 9/11 about the future use of the ground zero site.

The Freedom Tower has been redesigned after initial concerns about security and safety.

In an effort to make it more resistant to truck bombs, the building has been moved farther from West Street, a major North-South throughway along the West side of Manhattan.

The plans also call for reinforcing the middle of the tower and having it capped with a mast which looks like the torch of the Statue of Liberty.

"The redesign of the Freedom Tower shows how our city is able to respond to the opportunities and challenges of our time," said New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

New York Governor George Pataki laid the tower's cornerstone last July, but the last year has seen more fighting than progress by the agencies and individuals responsible for rebuilding.

The security concerns have delayed the tower's proposed 2009 opening by at least a year.

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