Port Authority ends talks with Ground Zero church

March 19, 2009 08:58AM

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey ended talks with the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, which was destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001, on Monday. Last July, the Port Authority and the church reached a tentative plan to rebuild St. Nicholas just east of its original site, and the Port Authority agreed to provide the church with land for a 24,000-square-foot home and $20 million. Now, the Port Authority says St. Nicholas is free to rebuild the church on its own parcel, at 155 Cedar Street, and will use eminent domain to get control of the land beneath the parcel so it can move ahead with building foundation walls and a bomb-screening center for vehicles entering the area.

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