Roadblock to 9/11 Memorial Out of the Way

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The owner of the land in western Pennsylvania
where Flight 93 crashed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks reached an
agreement Friday to sell the parcel, clearing the way for the
development of a memorial.
The National Park Service, Families of Flight 93 and land owner
Svonavec, Inc. announced the deal for the 274-acres in Shanksville,
Pa., in a joint statement.
The agreement gives the National Park Service access to the
land, including the site where the plan crashed, and allows for the
planning and construction of the memorial.
The three also agreed to let a court determine the value of the
land.
Families of Flight 93 last month asked the Bush Administration
to seize the land after negotiations with Svonavec to buy the
parcel stalled.
"I am proud and pleased that we now have an agreement that
delivers the property to the National Park Service so they can
complete the project in a timely manner," said Michael Svonavec,
president and treasurer of Svonavec, Inc. "The agreement allows
the parties to cooperatively move forward on a methodology by which
the evaluation will be determined."
The planned memorial is to cover more than 2,200 acres, and the
families had said ground had to be broken early this year in order
for a memorial to be build for the 10th anniversary of the crash in
2011.
Flight 93 was en route from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco on
Sept. 11, 2001, when it was diverted by hijackers. The official
9/11 Commission report said the hijackers crashed the plane as
passengers tried to wrest control of the cockpit.


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