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by Daily Commercial News last update:Oct 26, 2007

The World Trade Center site’s owners are laying a small piece of a new foundation for three planned skyscrapers at ground zero.

NEW YORK

The World Trade Center site’s owners are laying a small piece of a new foundation for three planned skyscrapers at ground zero.

Construction workers have been digging an 26-metre trench to build the retaining wall to hold the foundations for the towers, which are scheduled to begin construction over the next two years.

Workers for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey planned to set in place steel for the first panel of the 490-metre-long wall.

“The start of the foundation work for the east side of the site is an important step in living up to the Port Authority’s commitment to rebuilding”’ agency chairperson Anthony Coscia said.

The agency promised trade centre site developer Larry Silverstein it would build the foundations for the three skyscrapers by the end of 2008.

The towers would descend in height from the iconic, 540-metre Freedom Tower, forming a spiral around a memorial to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The office buildings are scheduled to open between 2011 and 2013.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

last update:Oct 26, 2007

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