One World Trade Center Might Not Officially Reach 1,776 Feet

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 30:  One World Trade Center, the central skyscraper at Ground Zero, stands under construction on January 30, 2012 in New York City. The price tag for One World Trade has recently been valued at $3.8 billion, which would make it the world's most expensive new office tower. Most of the cost overruns are due to the security measures being taken in the design of the building which sits on a site that has been bombed twice by terrorists. To offset the costs of One World Trade Center, which is being built by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, higher bridge and tunnel tolls have been instated and there has been a reduction in spending on transportation infrastructure. The 1,776-foot skyscraper is expected to be completed at the end of 2013.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Photo: Spencer Platt/2012 Getty Images

The skyscraper formerly known as the Freedom Tower is already the tallest building in New York City, but its planned final height — a symbolic 1,776 feet — may come up short because of a technicality. In hopes of saving about $20 million and avoiding potentially dangerous maintenance, the building's developer Douglas Durst is scrapping the architects' plan to surround the antenna on top "with an ornamental white shell," the Journal reports. The designers are pissed, but Durst insists, "They should have done a better job designing it," and says it's "not the end of the world." One World Trade Center is 1,368 feet to the roof, which would make it the third-tallest building in North America, while the addition could bring it to number one. According to the rules, architectural spires count toward final height, but plain functional antennas do not, although the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat will make the final ruling when the tower is done. Maybe they could just give us this one.