updated 4/14/2006 10:39:40 AM ET 2006-04-14T14:39:40

A priest working to keep a steel cross on the site of the World Trade Center attacks is optimistic that he and the property owners will work out an agreement.

Days after the terror attack, the two intersecting beams were spotted amid the smoking rubble of ground zero as rescuers searched for the remains of thousands of people. The beams were a part of the building's structure, but after a rescuer noticed the shape many workers considered it a sign of hope amid the chaos.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the land, originally planned to store the cross in a hangar at John F. Kennedy International Airport to keep it safe during construction.

But the plan triggered an uproar, and the agency released a statement saying it recognized "the importance of the crossed beams, which have been a fixture at the World Trade Center site since 9/11."

The Rev. Brian Jordan met last week with Kenneth Ringler, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the land.

"We expect the issues to be resolved soon," said Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman.

Jordan said one likely temporary location for the cross is the side wall of St. Peter's Church, which faces ground zero.

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