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Building near towers will be rebuilt

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NEW YORK — The owner of one of the smaller buildings destroyed in the attack on the World Trade Center has picked a construction company and architectural firm to design and rebuild the structure, according to a published report.

The 47-story, 2-million-square-foot building called 7 World Trade Center caught fire and collapsed in the early evening of Sept. 11, hours after two hijacked planes destroyed the twin towers.

A tentative groundbreaking has been set for Sept. 11, 2002, according to the report in Crain's New York Business, out Monday.

People close to the project told Crain's the date is tentative because building owner Larry Silverstein doesn't want to detract from memorial services expected to take place on the first anniversary of the attack.

Skidmore Owings & Merrill will design the new building and Tishman Construction Corp., which built the original 7 WTC, will build it.

Silverstein Properties owned 7 WTC, which was not part of the original six-building trade center complex. Silverstein signed a 99-year lease on the twin towers last July.

No one died in the collapse of 7 WTC, and because it was across the street from the other trade center buildings, reconstruction is not likely to be held up by the debate over what to build on the site of the twin towers.