Construction resumes on Greek Orthodox church destroyed on 9/11

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August 03, 2020 - 2:45 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A Greek Orthodox church in lower Manhattan that was destroyed on 9/11 is finally getting rebuilt, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. 

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Workers resumed construction on St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine Monday morning, Cuomo said in a release. 

“The start of construction on the new St. Nicholas Church echoes the overarching message of these challenging times: We are going to build back the way we built back from 9/11, and it will be better and stronger with more solidarity and more faith and more spirit of community than ever before,” he said in a statement. 

“We have gone through difficult times together, but we rise from the ashes and we rise stronger than ever before,” he added. 

Organizers say the project languished for years due to mismanagement. Construction stopped more than two years ago, and the project ran out of money in January. 

A group called Friends of St. Nicholas then took over and raised the funds needed to rebuild.

The new church and shrine will include a “nondenominational bereavement center for anyone seeking solace and strength at a time of loss,” the release said. It is slated to reopen next year.