World Trade Center Complex On Way to Completion

NEW YORK (AP) -
People run from a collapsing World Trade Center tower on Sept. 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Suzanne Plunkett)
People run from a collapsing World Trade Center tower on Sept. 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Suzanne Plunkett)

Thirteen years after 9/11 forever changed the New York skyline, officials say most work at the World Trade Center complex is on track and on budget.

The complex sits on the site of the 2001 terrorist attacks and plans include four buildings, the 9/11 memorial and museum, a shopping center, and a transportation hub, known as the oculus. The memorial and museum have opened, as have parts of the transportation hub.

Two of the four World Trade Center buildings have been completed, and 5 million square-feet of office space has already been leased. State and city officials held a news conference Tuesday from the 67th floor of 4 World Trade Center, which opened in November.

“It will be a vibrant 24/7 downtown for people around the world,” said Port Authority Vice Chairman Scott Rechler. “In the aftermath [of 9/11] that would have been hard to predict.”

One World Trade Center and a transportation hub will open in phases and may not have a grand opening. Technology company MediaMath signed a lease for 4 World Trade, developer Larry Silverstein said.

Silverstein said his company is obtaining financing to complete 3 World Trade Center by early 2018. And plans are on hold for construction of 2 World Trade Center while Silverstein seeks tenants.