One World Trade Center has finally opened for business, welcoming media giant Conde Nast Monday morning.
According to the Huffington Post, 175 employees from Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Vogue, and many more will house a section of the building. Over 50 percent of the building is already leased with hopes more companies will come forward to reside there.
The opening of One World Trade comes 13 years after the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers on September 11th, 2001.
One World Trade Center is getting its first tenants today as approximately 175 employees of Conde Nast move into the building.
Ultimately, some 3,400 employees of the media giant will occupy floors 20 through 44, or 1.2 million of the building’s 3 million square feet of office space, according to The New York Times.
One World Trade Center was built on the site of Six World Trade Center, a building badly damaged by the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the adjacent landmark Twin Towers of the original World Trade Center.
Officials from the Downtown Alliance business organization say they’re thrilled to welcome Conde Nast downtown.
“Conde Nast’s arrival puts a stiletto in the heart of the outdated notion that Lower Manhattan is stuffy and gray,” Jessica Lappin, president of the Downtown Alliance business organization, told the Times. “They will accelerate the transformation that’s well underway and create additional demand-side pressure for more cool restaurants, art galleries and bars.”
The building stands over 1,776 feet, making it the tallest in North America. Other companies, such as the Vantone China Center and the U.S General Services Administration, will also move in soon. One World Trade’s observation deck on the 102nd floor will open next spring.
SOURCE: Huffington Post | VIDEO CREDIT: News Inc.