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World Trade Center will be rebuilt in stages

Question: Now that the decision has been made on the redesign of the World Trade Center, when will construction begin?

Answer: No firm dates have been announced.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and architect Daniel Libeskind, whose design was chosen, say the site will be bustling within five years.

Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff said that the relevant parties will sit down and "figure out a game plan," with some decisions to be made soon.

Libeskind's design would turn a portion of the "bathtub," the bare concrete walls built as a dike against the Hudson River, into a permanent memorial to those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center. He said that the memorial, a transit center, a skyscraper and a museum will be completed first.

New York's economy and office vacancy rate are factors in the timetable, as well as the inevitable changes in the design.

New York Gov. George Pataki said that the ultimate goal to build 10-million square feet of office space, in addition to retail and cultural sites, will be realized "a lot quicker than people think."

Have a question about the news? Colin Bessonette will try to get an answer. Write to him at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, P.O. Box 4689, Atlanta, GA 30302, or e-mail him at q&aajc.com.

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