The Liberty Development Corp. board yesterday approved $1.65 billion of tax-exempt Liberty bond financing for Goldman, Sachs Headquarters LLC in a move that will help the firm build a $2 billion headquarters in New York City.

Yesterday’s action cemented city and New York state officials’ resolve to keep Goldman in Lower Manhattan, where the firm had planned to build a 40-story office tower across the street from the World Trade Center site. City and state officials consider Goldman’s planned headquarters to be an integral component of rebuilding and revitalizing the area devastated by the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

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