Cos Cob 9/11 memorial fundraising nearly at goal

Ken Borsuk Greenwich Time

The finish line is in sight for residents raising money for a September 11 memorial in Cos Cob Park.

A rendering (looking out toward Cos Cob Harbor) of the proposed September 11th Memorial by Charles Hilton Architects at the Cos Cob Power Plant site. Photo: Bob Luckey

A rendering (looking out toward Cos Cob Harbor) of the proposed September 11th Memorial by Charles Hilton Architects at the Cos Cob Power Plant site. Photo: Bob Luckey

Estimates put the privately funded project at 90 percent of goal, with an event Saturday at SoulCycle Greenwich that could push the total even closer.

James Ritman, co-president of the Greenwich Community Projects Fund Inc., said his board is so confident the rest of the money will be raised that the group made a down payment on the glass for the memorial.

“We’ve had more than 800 donations, which shows the community support for this,” Ritman said. “It’s gratifying to see so many individuals and businesses that want to help, and we’re very excited to work with the town and especially the schools on this.”

The memorial, designed to be part of Cos Cob Park, will feature two glass towers representing the World Trade Center. A U.S. flag will be carved into each tower and the names of the 32 people connected to Greenwich who were killed in the attacks will be placed in the stripes. The project already has the support of the Board of Selectmen and town land-use agencies. Now it just needs the final approval of the Representative Town Meeting.

The RTM is set to meet March 9. On its agenda: acceptance of a $566,457 gift to build the memorial. Once the RTM accepts the money, building can begin.

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