The pieces of the new World Trade Center are finally falling into place. In March, the main concourse of the Santiago Calatrava-designed World Trade Center Transportation Hub, also known as the Oculus, opened. In June, Liberty Park opened and 3 World Trade Center topped out. Last week, the Westfield-operated mall at the Oculus, complete with an Apple Store, opened to the public. And now, it appears demolition is about to begin on the temporary PATH station, paving the way for the new Performing Arts Center to begin construction.
Last week, alert YIMBY Forums user Thomas_Koloski posted the below photo of the site. In it, a small crane is visible at center-left, and a range of other construction equipment also appears to be readying for demolition. The site is situated east of One World Trade Center, south of 7 World Trade Center, and west of the site of 2 World Trade Center. The old station closed on June 26th, since commuters can now use Calatrava’s Hub.
In late June, it was announced that Ronald O. Perelman had donated $75 million to the center, formerly dubbed PAC WTC, and it will now officially be called the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center.
“My hope and expectation is that the PAC will be more than a performance venue,” said Perelman in a statement released by WTC developer Silverstein Properties. “It will represent the vitality and energy that has emerged in response to the tragedy of 9/11, and it will be a constant reminder of resilience and healing through artistic expression and community.”
The center will feature three theaters, with capacities of 499, 299, and 100 people. They will be reconfigurable into one 1,200-seat venue. There will also be a café, which officials hope will attract not only those attending events at the center, but pedestrians traversing the World Trade Center campus.
Groundbreaking for the center is currently targeted for early 2018. The Brooklyn-based architecture firm REX will be designing it.