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January 16, 2012
The tunnel being constructed to go from the World Trade Center, under West Street, to the Brookfield Properties Winter Garden atrium is nearing completion. An inspector on the site said that the new glass structure overtop of the west end of the tunnel, to house new retail shops, will begin construction soon. The total renovation of Winter Garden, he said, will take 18 months, which is on schedule with Brookfield’s “Coming in 2013” banners.
Of note, the inspector confirmed that construction of the Freedom Tower had slowed down considerably. Prior to the tenth anniversary 9/11 event, one new floor was being added per week. That is no longer the case. The inspector blamed “high winds”. However, other news reports have indicated that the 9/11 memorial construction has slowed down due to bureaucracies squabbling over the tab of the cost overruns.
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