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5/1/2002



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Washington Group regroups in downtown New York; coalition releases draft report on rebuilding Lower Manhattan


Washington Group International Inc., which Sept. 11 lost 13 employees to the World Trade Center attacks, April 24 announced plans to relocate its New York City offices to the 6th floor of Two Penn Plaza near Manhattan's Pennsylvania Station.


The engineering and construction firm pre-Sept. 11 employed 187 workers on the 91st floor of the south Trade Tower. The company since the attacks had been operating from temporary quarters at One Penn Plaza and at local clients' offices.


Meanwhile, in another New York City recovery move, Civic Alliance to Rebuild Downtown New York April 25 released a draft-planning report, which includes a revitalized transportation system as a pillar of a renewed Lower Manhattan.


The report recommends repairing the damaged subway and PATH lines in the short term; creating a new transportation axis and related downtown hub in the mid-term; and accelerating the design and construction of the Second Avenue subway in the long term.


The Civic Alliance, a coalition comprising more than 85 civic, business, academic and environmental organizations, plans to share its preliminary conclusions with city and state officials, Lower Manhattan Development Corp., and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.


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