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Port Authority, 9/11 Foundation Agree On Land Swap To Continue 9/11 Museum Construction

Rendering of the 9/11 Museum (credit: National September 11 Memorial & Museum)

Rendering of the 9/11 Museum (credit: National September 11 Memorial & Museum)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Board of Commissioners has signed off on a controversial land swap deal to get work going again on the 9/11 Museum.

Under the terms of the deal, the Port Authority will trade the land at the World Trade Center site to the 9/11 foundation in exchange for the parcel where the old Deutsche Bank building was located.

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reports

Sally Regenhard, who lost her son on 9/11, called the agreement an “immoral, unethical and illegal backdoor move,” reported WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell.

“That they would take this and give it away to a private corporation is just outrageous,” Regenhard told Haskell.

The museum project has been stalled for months over a dispute between the Port Authority and the memorial foundation.

The agency said this land swap agreement is a positive development for all sides.

“We need to make sure this is done right. Not just in terms of being responsible fiscally, but being responsible to the public,” said Port Authority vice chairman Scott Rechler.

On the eve of the 11th anniversary of the terror attacks earlier this month, the Port Authority and the 9/11 foundation announced they had reached a deal to resume construction of the museum.

What do you make of the land swap agreement? Do you think it is a fair deal? Sound off in the comments section below…