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World Trade Center developer Larry Silverstein last week unveiled designs for three towering skyscrapers that, if constructed, would flank the 1,776-foot-tall Freedom Tower at the site of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The three distinctive towers were designed separately by renowned architects Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, and Fumihiko Maki, and range in height from 947 feet to 1,254 feet. They are scheduled for completion by 2012, but like every facet of the efforts to rebuild at ground zero, the future of the towers is not certain. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the owner of the site, did not immediately approve Silverstein’s plan, and the New York City Police Department was still reviewing it. Police objections to the original Freedom Tower forced a redesign of the ground zero centerpiece last summer.
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