NEW YORK - It took a decade, but a deal has finally been struck to rebuild a church destroyed on 9/11, the church and a public agency announced yesterday.
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said they have resolved their long dispute over how to rebuild St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, a small 85-year-old chapel that stood across the street from the World Trade Center and was destroyed when the towers fell.
The church and the public agency had been at odds over the details of a land swap that will move the church down the street to make way for some of the giant construction projects underway at ground zero.
The settlement, mediated by the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo, will end a lawsuit filed by the archdiocese earlier this year. Under the deal, the Port Authority will pay for site work and below-ground infrastructure. The cost of that work is estimated to be about $25 million, according to the governor’s office.