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No New WTC

Discussion in 'Business & Economics' started by Patrick Henry, Apr 17, 2009.

  1. Patrick Henry

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    The owners of ground zero, locked in a new round of heated talks with a private developer about how and when to build office towers at the World Trade Center site, have proposed indefinitely putting off two of three planned skyscrapers until the real estate market recovers, officials familiar with the negotiations say.

    One analysis prepared for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey predicts World Trade Center developer Larry Silverstein wouldn't be able to finish building all three towers he plans for decades, with the last tower finished by 2030.

    Silverstein and the Port Authority have been talking on and off for months about rewriting a 3-year-old agreement that gives the developer rights to build three out of five towers planned at the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack site.

    In a failing economy where developers have found it impossible to obtain financing for new projects, Silverstein last fall asked the Port to back financing for two of his towers, three officials told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because the talks are confidential.

    The Port Authority about a week ago agreed to back about $800 million in financing for one tower already under construction, where the Port Authority has agreed to lease space once it's completed.

    The other two towers shouldn't be built until there is enough demand for commercial office space downtown, the Port has said.

    An analysis of Silverstein's plan by the Cushman & Wakefield real estate brokerage projected that while two of Silverstein's towers could be built by 2013, a third would not be built until 2030 and fully leased until 2036. A second tower that hasn't been built yet wouldn't be fully leased until 2025, the brokerage says.

    The agency says it needs clarity on a rebuilding schedule to prevent delays on other interconnecting projects, like the Sept. 11 memorial and a multibillion-dollar transit hub. All the planned projects on the site have been delayed multiple times since they were announced in 2003.

    "The Port Authority's obligation is to rebuild the site in the public interest based on the economic reality today," the agency said in a statement. "That starts with keeping the memorial and the other public infrastructure on the timeline and budget we've committed to, and it extends to building the right amount of office space to meet what is now a very different market downtown."

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    Although this is an outrage to some, as long as we hold those who died in our hearts and minds, we can still show the terrorists that no matter what they do, America will come back stronger, even without national monuments.
     
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    And we need to have our Port Authority ensconced in this Taj Mahal....because WHY???
    Good Grief...this just begs to be asked...WTH are the Port Authority going to come up with those kind of funds with NYC almost bankrupt??? Is it just me or does this just...well, just seem horribly wrong?
     

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