'Freedom Tower' renamed '1 World Trade Center'
Saturday, March 28, 2009
The 108-floor central component of the new New York City has been officially renamed , ending the Freedom Tower moniker it had sported since 2003.in
Freedom Tower was envisioned as a symbol of America's victory over terrorism. It is currently on track for completion in 2013, with 10 floors partially finished so far.
Chairman Anthony Coscia commented on the change, "It's the one that is easiest for people to identify with — and frankly, we've gotten a very interested and warm reception to it."
Former George Pataki, who revealed the Freedom Tower name nearly six years ago, was critical of the switch, saying "The Freedom Tower is not simply another piece of real estate and not just a name for marketing purposes."
1 World Trade Center has been the building's legal name and address for the past two years, with the public change precipitated by the ramp up of construction and the commencement of lease marketing.
Michael Bloomberg seemed ambivalent to the change, saying "I would like to see it stay the Freedom Tower, but it's their building, and they don't need me dumping on it. If they could rent the whole thing by changing the name, I guess they're going to do that, and they probably, from a responsible point of view, should. From a patriotic point of view, is it going to make any difference?"
The change was approved following the signing of a two-decades-long lease by a Chinese real estate company, which plans to occupy floors 64 through 69. Other future tenants include the and the New York State Office of General Services.
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- Chris Kokenes. "Owners drop Freedom Tower name for new WTC skyscraper" — , March 27, 2009
- Chau Lam. Freedom Tower name changed to One World Trade Center <broken link> — , March 26, 2009