YIMBY last reported on the World Trade Center Transportation Hub last July, when the ribbed structure’s exoskeleton was complete, the glass skylight was going in, and interior work was the focus. Now, the transit center, dubbed the Oculus, is expected to officially open in early March, Curbed NY reports. The $3.9 billion creation was designed by Santiago Calatrava and will serve as the terminus for World Trade Center-bound PATH trains, and connection points for the A, C, E, J, Z, R, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 subway lines, multiple MTA buses, and ferry service. In addition, 365,000 square feet of retail space, managed by Westfield Corp., is in the works within the transit hub alone.
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Last summer, News Corp. and 21st Century Fox signed a letter of intent to lease 1.3 million square feet in the Bjarke Ingels Group-designed 2 World Trade Center (a.k.a. 200 Greenwich Street), in the Financial District. It was never a contract that bounded the media companies to the space, and last week they decided not to make the move, Bloomberg Business reported. The two businesses will extend their leases through 2025 at their current headquarters at 1211 Sixth Avenue and 1185 Sixth Avenue, in Midtown. The fate of both Bjarke Ingels’ latest design and Norman Foster’s original design are unknown. The foundation for Foster’s tower, a 2.8-million square-foot, 80-story office building, has already been already built.
The Lower Manhattan Development Corp. will present their latest plans for the World Trade Center’s performing-arts center later this fall, according to The Wall Street Journal. The board previously abandoned Frank Gehry’s design and decided to limit the project’s above-grade construction costs to no more than $200 million. The latest plans now call for a three- to four-story building measuring roughly 80,000 square feet. The building would also include a 600- to 700-seat auditorium, a 200-seat theater, and a restaurant on the ground floor. The architect has not yet been named.
Last year, ground was broken and new renderings were released for the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church planned at the also-under-construction Liberty Park, an elevated lot to the south of the World Trade Center, in the Financial District. The New York Times now reports the drum-shaped structure is rising and will be constructed with “white Pantelic marble, from the same vein in Greece that was quarried to construct the Parthenon.” Santiago Calatrava is designing, and completion of the sanctuary and park is expected in 2017.
The last time we checked on Silverstein’s 175 Greenwich Street (aka Three World Trade Center), work had resumed, and the core had just begun rising again. Now, five months later, the future supertall has just passed the halfway point in its rise. A project insider has sent along several photos, as well as a few snippets of information, including word that the structure is up to the 41st floor (out of 80 total).