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The owner of the World Trade Center has abandoned the timetable for rebuilding work at the site of the 9/11 attacks, saying it was "not realistic".
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey executive director, Christopher Ward, listed over a dozen issues that had slowed work and raised costs.
New dates for the completion of a memorial, skyscrapers and a transit hub are expected to be issued in September.
It is unclear if the centrepiece Freedom Tower, will now be scaled back.
The tower, intended as a replacement for the destroyed Twin Towers, had been scheduled for completion in 2006 and then 2011, but the latest estimate is 2013.
At 1,776ft (541m) it would be the tallest building in the US.
Originally posted by gottago
A poverty of ideas, and no will to overcome the inertia. The enduring hole is the real symbol here, not that gawd-awful tower.