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Tower opposite NYC's 9/11 memorial set to open

Published: Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 4:00 p.m. CDT
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(Mark Lennihan)
FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2013 file photo, One World Trade Center rises above the lower Manhattan skyline in New York. Second in height is 4 World Trade Center, right. The 1,776-foot One World Trade Center is the marquee skyscraper at ground zero; but the first office tower to open there will be its shorter neighbor 4 World Trade Center on Wednesday, Nov. 13. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
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One World Trade Center, center, is seen from the 56th floor of its neighbor, 4 World Trade Center, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, in New York. he 1,776-foot One World Trade Center is the marquee skyscraper at ground zero; but the first office tower to open there will be its shorter neighbor 4 World Trade Center on Wednesday, Nov. 13. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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In this photo taken on Sept. 5, 2013, 4 World Trade Center, center, rises above the lower Manhattan skyline in New York. The 978-foot building designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Fumihiko Maki will open next Wednesday, Nov. 13. It is the first building to open at the site since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

NEW YORK (AP) — One World Trade Center is the marquee skyscraper at ground zero in lower Manhattan. But the first office tower to officially open there will be its shorter neighbor, 4 World Trade Center.

The ribbon-cutting will be next Wednesday for the 978-foot building, designed by prize-winning architect Fumihiko Maki. The building faces the Sept. 11 memorial's south reflecting pool.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey expects to move into 4 World Trade in 2015. The authority lost its home in the twin towers during the 2001 terror attacks, and next week's official opening means it can start building out its new office space.

One World Trade, with its 1,776-foot spire, is expected to officially open sometime in 2014.

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