The Securities and Exchange Commission said this week that it will relocate its Northeast Regional Office to the Woolworth Building in lower Manhattan. The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks destroyed its previous location at 7 World Trade Center.

The new space contains 140,000 square feet, which the SEC expects to occupy by early October.

The regulatory agency reported earlier this month that the destruction could hinder its ability to pursue violations because the building contained computer files and documents relevant to its investigations. Some documents are stored in Washington, D.C. and were not destroyed. SEC Chairman Harvey Pitt has vowed to resume all investigations despite the loss.

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