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Downtown projects progressing on schedule, Governor says.

Governor George E. Pataki said last week the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site is proceeding on schedule.

By the end of the year, schematic design on the memorial will be complete, work on three new transportation projects will commence and the environmental review for the Long Island/JFK rail link will be underway. In the spring, concrete and steel for the Freedom Tower will arrive, and in the summer, the groundbreaking on the World Trade Center Transportation hub will take place and a new celebration will be launched featuring the future World Trade Center cultural institutions.

Speaking at an Association for a Better New York luncheon at the Ritz Carlton in Battery Park City, the Governor also detailed priorities for the remaining funds of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and called on the LMDC to work with the City and State to create a comprehensive overall allocation plan for funding by March of 2005.

"We are well on the way to not only rebuilding this region, but to making it shine like never before. When our work is done, lower Manhattan will be a showcase of freedom and a tribute to human dignity, a national treasure and a gift to the world," the Governor said. "The memorial will be the centerpiece and our first priority in the rebuilding effort."

The Governor announced that the schematic design for the memorial, "Reflecting Absence," will be complete by the end of the year. He also announced the selection of Davis Brody Bond LLP as the design architect for the below ground Memorial Center and Snohetta as the architect for the above ground portions of the Memorial Center.

Howard/Revis Design has also been selected as the curator for the Memorial Center. The Memorial Center's design will be complete in May of next year.

"One of the most important aspects of the rebuilding is the construction of a new cultural complex at the World Trade Center site. In June, we selected four exciting cultural institutions to occupy two grand buildings at the site," Governor Pataki said.

The Joyce International Dance Center and the Signature Theatre will occupy the Performing Arts Center that Gehry Partners LLP has been selected to design and the International Freedom Center and the Drawing Center will occupy the Museum Complex which Snohetta has been selected to design.

This summer, the City will break ground on permanent transit hub by Santiago Calatrava. Next month, work will begin on three new projects downtown that will transform the areas mass-transit network, easing the commute for residents and workers and attracting even more new businesses.

The Governor announced that in December the #2 and 3 subway lines at Fulton and Nassau and the south entrance to the #4 and 5 lines at Maiden Lane and Broadway will begin reconstruction, while the major overhaul of Fulton transit center station at Fulton and Broadway is slated to begin next year. Also, next month construction on the new South Ferry Station will commence, along with work on the south portion of the promenade on West Street from Washington to West Thames.

The Governor also announced the start of environmental review on direct rail access to Long Island and JFK International Airport. Preliminary engineering is expected to begin within two years. The Governor vowed to continue to push Congress to secure the $2 billion to help pay for the rail link construction.
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Date:Dec 1, 2004
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