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16 Years After Devastating 9/11 Attacks One Man Is Rebuilding The World Trade Center

by Lindsey Smith
Lindsey is from Florida and has worked in online and print media. Her happy place is Michaels craft store.

Sometimes, it’s hard to believe the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center Twin Towers was 16 years ago. I remember being in seventh grade when it happened and worrying about my uncle who had worked there.

With the attack came businesses and families moving out of the downtown area of New York City.

The area’s redevelopment started with the opening of 7 World Trade Center in 2006, then 4 World Trade Center in 2013 and One World Trade Center in 2014 — the latter standing in the same spot as the original 6 World Trade Center and bears the same name as the North Tower that was hit on September 11, 2001.

As we approach the 16-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, developer Larry Silverstein is setting out to make downtown home again for businesses and people.

“I felt the only way to stem this exodus was to prove to people that, A, we’re going to rebuild and we did and to indicate to people that we were not going to stop,” the chairman of Silverstein Properties said. “We couldn’t’ fail. We had to succeed in accomplishing the mission.”

With that, construction on 3 World Trade Center is set to be completed in spring of 2018. 3WTC will have an impressive terrace on the 76th floor that overlooks Manhattan and Brooklyn. “It’s a tremendous sense of responsibility to rebuilt and basically bring back New York’s grandeur to what is was before,” Construction manager Carlos Valverde said.

Lastly, 2 World Trade Center will come after 3WTC is complete. Larry hopes that everything will be completed by 2022. “I hope when we’re all done here in 2022 at the conclusion of… tower two that people say we’ve done a good job,” he said.

Watch the video below to see how construction is coming along.

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Thumbnail photo: Vimeo / UJA-Federation of New York // WikimediaCarol M. Highsmith // WTC / Press Kit

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