LOWER MANHATTAN — Construction is booming at the World Trade Center.
Visitors to the site on the 12th anniversary of 9/11 will see 1 World Trade Center at its full height of 1,776 feet, thanks to the installation of a 408-foot spire in May. The gleaming skyscraper is scheduled to open in early 2014, with media giant Conde Nast as its anchor tenant.
A three-level observation deck called One World Observatory will open in 2015.
The underground 9/11 Memorial Museum is slated to open in spring 2014 after funding fights pushed back its launch. The museum, which will house artifacts of the attacks, is the powerful companion to the tree-dotted memorial plaza, with twin reflecting pools in the footprints of the original Twin Towers.
More than 10 million people have visited that memorial since it opened in 2011.
Developer Larry Silverstein’s Tower 3, another long-delayed WTC project, is also finally moving ahead.
In July, Silverstein was able to secure tenants and raise funds to finish the 80-story tower, which had stalled after seven floors were built. Along with offices, the building set for a 2016 launch will include retail space.
Progress on Tower 4 has surpassed the other WTC sites. The 72-story Tower 4 building will be the first of Silverstein's Church Street skyscrapers to open when it's slated to be complete in November 2013. Tenants there will include the Port Authority and the City of New York.
But several sites still have a way to go before they’re complete.
Construction at Tower 2, expected to rise 88 stories, has barely started. The skyscraper is still awaiting needed occupants and cash.
Underground and invisible from the street, the transportation hub designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava is taking shape and is expected to open in early 2015. The nearly $4 billion white-winged station will connect the PATH trains to 10 subway lines and will include an underground passage to Battery Park City.
A performing arts center designed by Frank Gehry is also on the horizon, along with a Port Authority building slated to break ground on the north side of the site and a new tower where the Deutsch Bank building once stood to the south.
These projects are still years away from breaking ground.