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World Trade Center complex rises in fits and starts

3:00 PM, Sep 10, 2012   |    comments
One World Trade Center is viewed from the 72nd floor of Four World Trade Center on September 7, 2012 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images
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ON FIRST COAST NEWS BEGINNING AT 6

First Coast News reporter Kaitlyn Ross and videographer Bo Harris are in New York City to cover the First Coast's local connections to September 11, 2001. Watch for their reports beginning on First Coast News at 6.

Eleven years after terrorists attacked the World Trade Center, the new multibillion-dollar center once again dominates the lower Manhattan skyline, the Associated Press reports.

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The status of the Trade Center's major components, according to developers:

Most of the 8-acre memorial quadrangle at the World Trade Center opened last year on the 10th anniversary of the attacks. Since then, some 4.5 million people have visited the memorial, with its twin reflecting pools where the towers stood. But a museum being built in a cavern beneath the plaza is still incomplete. Work all but stopped last fall because of a funding dispute between the memorial foundation and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

One World Trade Center, formerly known as the Freedom Tower, will open in 2014 on the northwest corner of the trade center site with 3 million square feet of office space. Tenants so far include magazine publisher Conde Nast and the federal government's General Services Administration.

The first office building to open -- in October 2013 -- will be the 72-story 4 World Trade Center at the southeast corner of the site. Tenants will include the Port Authority, the bistate agency that owns the trade center site.

Just north of 4 World Trade Center is 3 World Trade Center, which is now an eight-story stub but will reach 80 stories and 1,150 feet when it's completed, likely in 2015 or 2016.

At the site's northeast corner, 2 World Trade Center is up only to street level. The building is planned as an 88-story skyscraper but will not be built until the commercial real estate market picks up enough to fill it.

The new transportation hub at the trade center will connect 13 subway lines and PATH trains to New Jersey when it opens in 2015. It will replace the temporary PATH station that was built after the Sept. 11 attacks.The cost of the hub, originally pegged at $2.2 billion, is now expected to exceed $3.5 billion.

A performing arts center planned for the site has been in limbo for years. A board of directors was named this year and was given the task of raising money to build the center, which is to include a 1,000-seat theater. 

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