Land Deal Is Reached for a 9/11 Memorial

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The National Park Service and an organization representing victims’ families have reached a deal to buy the most critical piece of land needed for the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa.

Driven by a goal of getting a deal done before President Bush leaves office on Tuesday, the park service and the organization, Families of Flight 93, reached an accord late Friday with Svonavec Inc., the quarry company that owns the 274-acre parcel at the heart of the site where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed after terrorists took over the plane on Sept. 11, 2001. Forty passengers and crew members were killed.

Under the agreement, a condemnation suit will be filed in federal court to determine the value of the land, about 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, but the park service will take ownership as soon as the case is filed in a few weeks.

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