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Posted by Tasha Weiss on December 22, 2010 at 9:37 AM.
There is a new spirit at the 1 World Trade Center site as steel construction has met the halfway point for the building, also known as the Freedom Tower. Watch the online video and view a live camera image of the steel erection reaching more than 600 ft above ground at www.panynj.gov/wtcprogress.
The Associated Press reported that steel at the building reached the 52nd story on Thursday December 16. The tower is slated to stand at 104 stories with an antenna reaching hundreds of feet higher, bringing it to a symbolic 1,776 ft - the tallest in the country.
AP reported that it takes so long for workers at the rising tower to return to the ground that a Subway sandwich shop built out of shipping containers is being raised along with the building by a hydraulically powered platform.
According to AP the skyscraper is one of several envisioned at the site along with a Sept. 11 memorial, transit hub, and performing arts center. The memorial, with reflecting pools set above the footprints of the fallen towers, is expected to open by the 10th anniversary of the 2001 attacks.
Stay informed about 1 WTC plans and construction progress at www.panynj.gov/wtcprogress.