In a move that bodes well for the rebirth of the World Trade Center area in New York City's financial district, Moody's Investors Service is rumored to be close to inking a deal to be the first major tenant in Larry Silverstein's newly opened Seven World Trade Center, which is the first building from the complex to be rebuilt since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Sources at Moody's said a possible deal involving 12 floors and more than 500,000 square feet of space is in the works. A Moody's spokesperson said the firm is considering several options for expansion, including Seven WTC, but has not signed with any property owner as of yet. The firm is using real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield in its search for space. Cushman & Wakefield declined to comment on the negotiations, as did Silverstein Properties.

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