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July 4 ground-breaking set for Freedom Tower

The Associated Press
| Thursday, May 6, 2004 12:00 a.m

NEW YORK — Saying New Yorkers can “begin to reclaim our skyline,” Gov. George Pataki has set July 4 to break ground on the 1,776-foot Freedom Tower at the World Trade Center site.

“On July 4, as we commemorate the founding of our nation, we lay the foundation for our resurgence,” Pataki announced Wednesday — weeks before the Republican National Convention.

The tower will be the world’s tallest building, with a spire meant to evoke images of the Statue of Liberty. It will be built on the northwest side of the trade-center site, not the footprints of the vanished Twin Towers. Freedom Tower is expected to be completed in 2009.

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