Back in December, YIMBY reported that work had appeared to stall for The Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center, in the Financial District. While things have appeared to remain in-stasis since then, news has now broken that Governor Cuomo has officially allowed construction of the new PAC. That means work should soon begin again on the site, and may partially explain the delays seen over the past few months.
As said by Governor Cuomo in a release, “New York is home to some of the most renowned cultural and creative institutions in the world and with this new performing arts center, Manhattan will cement its reputation as an international hub for the arts. This new facility will secure New York City’s status as a premier cultural destination while supporting tourism, jobs and economic growth for the entire Empire State.”
Designed by REX, the cubic structure will provide another cultural cornerstone for the World Trade Center site, rising above the Vehicle Security Center. It will contain three halls which can also be arranged in a single configuration, with seating for over 1,200 occupants at maximum capacity.
The difficulties implicit in building the Performing Arts Center above the Vehicle Security Center mean that the base of the project will be quite complex. To that effect, the PAC will be paying the Port Authority $48 million to fund the underground construction, which will support the cultural amenities above.
Completion had previously been anticipated for 2020, and the news from the Governor comes with no expected completion date, however, delays seem very likely at this point.