Anniversary of 9/11 Today: News Rebuilding Continues At Ground Zero 14 Years Later


ground zero 2015As New York City prepares to mark the 14th anniversary of 9/11, construction continues at the World Trade Center site.

But as CBS2’s Dick Brennan reported, while rebuilding has been a slow process, there has also been great progress.

The skyline where the World Trade Center once stood is now standing tall again in a whole new way, and the work is not done yet.

Developer Larry Silverstein said the World Trade Center site is coming back one building at a time.

“You have the office towers, you have One, Two, Three, Four and Seven, and now the PATH terminal,” Silverstein said.

Silverstein had received the lease to the World Trade Center site only six weeks before the 2001 terror attacks. And almost immediately upon taking over, he had to rebuild.

The World Trade Center is 16 acres wide, anchored by One World Trade Center. Tower three is set to be completed by 2018 and the entire site should be finished by 2020.

“The last piece of the puzzle is falling into place now, and that’s with respect to Two World Trade Center,” said Silverstein.

In building seven, Silverstein’s team of architects are working on the future of building two. Silverstein is concluding a deal with 21st Century Fox to be an anchor tenant there, Brennan reported.

The building’s completion will culminate an extremely difficult Ground Zero rebuilding process that has taken so many years, in part, because of what happened there, Brennan reported.

“Almost 3,000 people lost their lives here on 9/11. You have to deal with that with tremendous sensitivity,” said Silverstein.

Silverstein, who is 84 years old, said sometimes he wondered if it would all come together in his lifetime, but he still looks forward to continuing the challenge by keeping positive.

“(Brennan: Have any regrets?) You can always look back and think of things that might have been different,” Silverstein said. “Don’t look back, look forward. The glass is always better half full than half empty, and look at life in a positive way.”

Fourteen years later, the rebuilding goes on.


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  1. anyone know why the tragedy of 9/11 occurred? i.e. every tragedy that happens R”L has a message-wake-up call-straight from Hashem.
    the message of 9/11 is:

    Do you know that 9/11 is our sad day for over 2000 years? תשעה באב, 9 is תשעה Av is 11 אלול is 12 & תשרי is 1, how does that grab you? How does that shock you? what about the phone number 911? that’s also 9/11 תשעה באב. that’s Americas emergency number for a minimum of 50 to 100 years, why didn’t they pick 111? are you going to tell me cause a baby might press 111 by mistake? These 2 tragedies-above-were only hint’s to tisha b’av, but it wasn’t enough to bring klal yisroel to start doing teshuva. So what happened ON tisha b’av 2005, i.e. no more hints to tisha b’av? Gush Katif/the Gaza Disengagement, it was supposed to happen on tisha b’av but they waited until Motzei tisha b’av, they did not even wait till the next morning, which means it was still tisha b’av in Chutz La’aretz (diaspora). Now let me ask you something, are these 3 tragedies-relating to tisha b’av-coincidence or is it a straight message from Hashem that its time for klal yisroel to wake up & do תשובה? You think about it, this is not between people, this is between each person & Hashem.

    Now you can ask yourself this question & then you will understand what a message STRAIGHT FROM HASHEM means. Do you think you can find this wake-up message-above- in a sefer? do you think you can read it in a newspaper from someone who wrote this after 9/11 occurred? do you think I’m a navi (prophet) that this message can be coming from me? the only answer is that it came straight down from Hashem.

    May we all do teshuva ASAP, so we won’t need any more tragic wake-up calls like 9/11.

    may everyone have a ksiva v’chasima tova.