New York, Jan 10 (Agencies): The contaminated bank tower stood shrouded in black netting for years over ground zero, filled with toxic dust and the remains of 9/11 victims. It stayed where it was, not coming down even as the towers at the World Trade Center site slowly began to rise.

Nearly a decade after the trade center's south tower fell into it, the building with a sad history of legal and regulatory fights, multiple accidents and a blaze that killed two firefighters will finally be gone.

The demise of the 41-story former Deutsche Bank building, just south of ground zero, is at least as welcome to its neighbours as the construction of new trade center towers.

The bank tower—first slated for deconstruction in 2005, when a Government agency bought it to end an impasse over who would pay to take it down—is down to two stories above street level.

The Lower Manhattan Development Corp, the agency that oversaw the $300 million dismantling, said it will be completely removed in a little over a week.

The cleanup of toxins including asbestos, lead, mercury, PCBs and dioxins was delayed multiple times by fights over how to remove the material without polluting the neighborhood.

More than 700 body parts of September 11 victims were recovered, mostly on the roof, along with parts of the hijacked plane.

LMDC spokesman John DeLibero said the tower crane that once stood 570 feet high, removing pieces of the building, will come down this week.

The dismantling will be complete around January 20; he said the post-holiday snowstorm delayed a January 15 target date.

When the former Deutsche Bank building is gone, including below street level, the LMDC will turn the site over to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The transfer is expected to take place next month.

The Port Authority owns the 16-acre trade center site and plans to place an underground truck-screening facility at the site.

The spot has long been slated for the fifth of five towers planned to be rebuilt at the trade center site, although there's no timeline for it.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, whose district includes ground zero, said the toxic tower's removal is enough of a milestone for now.