Updated 09/07/2011 07:21 PM
Mayor, WTC Developer Say Trade Center Site Has New Lease On Life
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As new buildings continue to rise at the World Trade Center, city officials say its future is brighter than ever.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined developer Larry Silverstein and others this morning to give an update on construction and occupancy in the new towers.
One World Trade Center, formerly known as the Freedom Tower, now stands at 80 floors and has an anchor tenant, Conde Nast. It will eventually be 104 stories tall.
Forty floors of Tower 4 are now complete, and it will eventually reach 64 stories.
Both buildings are due to open in 2013.
The foundation is complete on Two World Trade Center and Three World Trade Center.
"Our administration has worked very hard to keep the rebuilding of the World Trade Center moving forward even though we don't have control over the site," said Bloomberg. "And now as you can see outside these windows, Daniel Libeskind's master plan for the site is coming to light at a quickening pace."
"Today for the first time since 9/11, every part of the World Trade Center is under construction," said Silverstein. "More than 3,000 construction workers shaped millions of tons of concrete and steel and glass into iconic buildings that will soon reclaim New York's skyline."
Other construction projects, including the transit hub, are also making steady progress.
Master planner and architect Daniel Libeskind said he felt the lost souls in the wreckage of the site and that inspired him.
"this is not just about buildings it's about memory," said Libeskind. "How is that memory to be used as a memory for resurgent life on this site for the fact that is the victory of life that we are celebrating."
Speaking on last night's "Inside City Hall", Silverstein noted that after the terror attacks, a lot of people thought new skyscrapers at the site would never attract enough businesses to be successful.
But he says he has no doubt those buildings will soon be fully occupied, as the rebuilt 7 World Trade Center already is.
The skyline is expected to be fully restored in 2013.