On Wednesday, one of the few remaining pieces of 9/11 building steel is expected to arrive in Huntington, where it will stay until a memorial park in Cold Spring Harbor is completed, officials said.
The beam — 17 feet long, 4 feet wide and weighing more than 18,000 pounds — was believed to be a part of Tower One, according to the Port Authority, which made the piece available as part of its longstanding WTC Artifacts Project.
The piece will be escorted by Huntington fire units, as well as units from the NYPD, Port Authority police and the Nassau and Suffolk county police departments. It will be brought from the Port Authority storage facility at Hangar 17 at Kennedy Airport to the Town of Huntington recycling facility, where it will be stored until the memorial display area can be finished, officials said.
Cold Spring Harbor was selected to receive the piece after its 9/11 Memorial Committee applied to the artifacts committee.
Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman said Monday that the beam is one of the last pieces of available building steel being offered for memorials — and said all building steel available for memorial projects has now been assigned for distribution.
Over the past six years, Coleman said, the Port Authority has distributed 2,437 artifacts to be used for memorial displays in all 50 states, as well as a number of foreign countries. The materials distributed also include signs, vehicle parts and other 9/11 items — though PATH rail steel and items from retail establishments in the 9/11 zone are still available for potential memorials.
“Nine-eleven touched a lot of lives,” Coleman said. “Not only in this country, but elsewhere, and many places wanted something to remember that day, what happened.”
Of the more than 2,400 artifacts distributed, most of them — 1,890 pieces — were building steel, Coleman said.
To be awarded a 9/11 artifact, groups must explain how the pieces will be used for public display, Coleman said. Those groups also must make arrangements to transport the artifacts from the storage facility.
The Cold Spring Harbor contingent is scheduled to pick up the beam at 7 a.m. Wednesday. It was not immediately clear when the beam will be put on display at the memorial, which will be located in a park across the street from the Cold Spring Harbor Fire Department.