Curbed is reporting the Santiago Calatrava Transit Hub at Ground Zero is now jeopardy.
We have reporting for months that the Hub, which is basically a fancy subway/PATH station, was going to run into trouble once people began give it a hard look considering its price tag in excess of $2 billion is more than the ill-fated West Side Stadium.
Signs of trouble started June 29 when the MTA announced it was cutting back plans for the Fulton Street Transit Center two blocks from the hub. The Fulton Transit Center budget mushroomed from $750 million and $825 million — coming from federal grants for rebuilding downtown. The most notable change was removing the Fulton Street dome.
Curbed now reports that Calatrava’s famed winged design is being drastically scaled back so the “wings” will be reduced to stubs (which Curbed called “deli awnings”)
the entire project is now on hold pending the accrual of funds and the cessation of the architect’s hissy fit
This points out once again that everything at Ground Zero will remain cursed until the powers that be step back and look for the most logical site plan.
Knowing full well that any massive construction in New York takes decades, the entire site should have been covered with a temporary park while the battles over turf occurred in a more orderly manner. Meanwhile it’s four year later and the corpse remains uncovered while everybody battles over the proceeds.