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Timeline For Lower Manhattan Improvements

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If government officials and developers can stick to Gov. George Pataki's timeline for lower Manhattan, downtown will continue to see progress over the next year. Here are some of the short-term improvements and long-term planning goals officials expect to meet.

2003

End of September 2003: Architect Daniel Libeskind's refined World Trade centermaster plan will be unveiled to the public. It could still be revised in response to the selected memorial design and the environmental review.

September/October 2003: Construction scheduled to begin on the new ferry terminal at the World Financial Center.

October 2003: Up to eight memorial designs will be chosen as finalists from some 5,200 designs submitted; public exhibition of designs planned, likely at the World Financial Center's Winter Garden, in Battery Park City.

October/November 2003: The winning memorial design will be chosen.

  • Architects David Childs and Daniel Libeksind release their design for 1,776-foot Freedom Tower.November 2003: Temporary PATH station at WTC scheduled to open.
  • Vesey Street pedestrian bridge over West Street is scheduled to open, with an escalator to be ready by spring.
  • Verizon building, just north of the WTC site, reopens.2004Construction is set to begin on more than 2,500 new residential units in Battery Park City.Winter 2003-4: A new skating rink will be built in Hudson River Park near Canal and Spring Streets, with ice skating in colder months and roller skating in warmer months.April 2004: Recommendations for airport connection from Lower Manhattan to Kennedy Airport and Long Island ready.
  • Environmental review of WTC Libeskind plan complete.
  • The Downtown Alliance Streetscape Program, installing new sidewalks, curbs and signage from Battery Park to City Hall, will be complete.May 2004: National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States plans to release its report on the attacks, with an accounting of the circumstances surrounding the attacks and recommendations to prevent future terrorism attacks.Summer 2004: Existing Liberty Street pedestrian bridge over West Street will be refurbished.
  • Cornerstone of 1,776-foot-high Freedom Tower to be laid.August 30 – Sept. 2: Republican National Convention in Manhattan.Fall 2004: More than a dozen parks and open spaces across Lower Manhattan will be created or substantially renovated, including Tribeca Park, Columbus Park in Chinatown, and historic Battery Park.Sources: Newsday research, Lower Manhattan Development Corp. and Port Authority.
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