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September 7, 2011 – With the 10 year anniversary of 9/11 fast approaching, a the World Trade Center memorials being censored for the public? Read more here at NYC-Tower.com.

September 12, 2007 – More details regarding the future of the World Trade Center site have been released, and some of the subtle touches have drawn applause. There’s also word that architects are feeling much better about the design of the Freedom Tower and its surrounding structures. Read more here at NYC-Tower.com.
 
September 12, 2007 – The Freedom Tower is intended to serve as a tribute to those who were lost in the September 11 terrorist attacks. As a functional office tower, it’s also intended to exhibit America’s resilience, and so the Freedom Tower’s designers have taken a number of steps to protect its inhabitants against future threats. Some of the defenses are extremely formidable. Read more here at NYC-Tower.com.

September 12, 2007 – A deal concerning the World Trade Center site has been cemented for some time; indeed, actual cement is now being used in the construction of the Freedom Tower and other parts of the complex. A number of people remain unhappy with the plans, however. Read more here at NYC-Tower.com.

September 12, 2007 – Progress on the Freedom Tower and other new World Trade Center structures was, for a long time, virtually nonexistent; plans were introduced, modified, and scrapped at a surprising pace. But work towards an agreed-upon goal is now well under way. Read more here at NYC-Tower.com.

March 14, 2007 – Douglas Durst and Anthony Malkin are now realizing unforeseen consequences of building the new Freedom Tower. Recently the Spitzer Administration agreed to move forward with the project and detailed the complete designs of the new building. This has led to the two major landlords opposing the construction. Read more here at NYC-Tower.com

March 14, 2007 – The long awaited decision by the Port Authority of New York has been made. They approved the plans to begin construction on the Freedom Tower. The Port Authority estimates that the tower will cost $2.88 billion to build and has allotted $492.3 million for construction and professional service contracts. Read more here at NYC-Tower.com

March 14, 2007 – Hundreds of construction workers as well as Larry Silverstein, the World Trade Center Developer, protested outside a National Association of Insurance Commissioners meeting on Wednesday attempting to make two large insurance companies pay their share of the $4.6 billion that will largely fund the ground zero building. Read More

March 13, 2007 – With the Freedom Tower project the landscape of New York City is changing including areas in Harlem, the Upper East Side, the Upper West Side, Chelsea, Downtown and the Lower East Side. Read More

February 22, 2007 – The Port Authority of New York has approved construction contracts for nearly $500 million. The Port Authority also projects that the Freedom Tower will be financially stable three years after it opens in 2012. With the recent approval from Governor Eliot Spitzer the project is under way. Read More

February 21, 2007 – The Freedom Tower may be sold after it opens in 2012. Governor Eliot Spitzer believes that the tower can be profitable but said that “he will entertain these options if and when they arise.” Read More

February 20, 2007 – Governor Eliot Spitzer who called the Freedom Tower Project a “white elephant” shortly after being elected is now supportive of the nearly $3 billion project. Admitting that the building would not have been his first choice but he is behind it due to the fact that it is on budget and the real estate market is strong. Read More

July 3, 2006 – Construction all over New York could be put to a halt due to a possible worker’s strike after the Fourth of July holiday. A strike would affect hundreds of thousands workers, including workers on the Freedom Tower, putting another delay on the construction. Read More

June 30, 2006 – The U.S. federal government has signed a letter of intent to rent close to 600,000 square feet of the new Freedom Tower. This will make up about a quarter of office space, making them the first tenants of the monumental building. Other possible tenants could include state agencies. Read More

June 29, 2006 – New design for the Freedom Tower includes a windowless, concrete base, with a collection of large, triangular, glass prisms that reflect light, and a lighted spire at the top which will resemble the torch of the Statue of Liberty. Read More

June 28, 2006 – Freedom Tower’s architect, David M. Childs, has announced a new design for the tower. Due to security concerns, the building will be placed three times as far back from the highway as originally planned, making it less prone to any bomb-laden vehicles that may approach it. The building has been given a smaller floor area, reducing the need for as many elevator shafts. Read More

June 26, 2006 – The 20-ton cornerstone, laid two years ago at Ground Zero to represent “a tribute to the enduring spirit of freedom,” was removed Friday. It was said that the stone was in an obsolete position and needed to be removed due to constant redesign and reconfiguration. Read More

April 26, 2006 - Construction finally begins on the Freedom Tower. Read more here at NYC-Tower.com

July 28 2005 – The Port Authority Board of Commissioners today authorized a spectacular World Trade Center Transportation Hub project, clearing the way for a September 6 groundbreaking on a project that will reconnect and expand links between the PATH rapid-transit system, all downtown subway lines and the World Financial Center Ferry Terminal via underground passageways. See Press Release

June 29 2005 – Freedom tower design revised. The new design allows for safety improvements, including an increased street setback. The tower’s footprint will be 200 feet by 200 feet, and will be cubical instead of a parallelogram. See Press Release

June 16 2005 – Interim Memorial Construction Begins. New York Governor Pataki announced that construction of two interim memorial projects for the victims of the 9/11 attacks has begun. One allows victims’ families to create voice archives. See Press Release

May 12 2005 – New York Governor George Pataki announced that construction will remain on-time, and restored confidence in the reconstruction process.See Press Release