PRR New Penn Station no longer dream

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    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/local/story/329448p-281556c.html

    New Penn Station no longer dream
    BY PAUL D. COLFORD
    DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
    Tuesday, July 19th, 2005

    State and city officials yesterday named the developers who will
    replace
    one of the city's lost jewels - the old Pennsylvania Station - with a
    new
    gem.
    After years of delay, the city, state and two big developers are all
    aboard with a design to turn the main post office on Eighth Ave. into a
    grand transit hub recalling the elegant Pennsylvania Station that was
    razed in 1963.

    The $818 million plan will preserve the handsome facade of the James A.
    Farley Post Office, erected in 1913, while adapting the building as the
    new Daniel Patrick Moynihan Station, to honor the late U.S. senator,
    who
    pushed hard for the idea.

    "This is going to be a magnificent gateway for New York," Gov. Pataki
    said
    at yesterday's unveiling of the design, which also calls for shops,
    restaurants and a boutique hotel.

    Pataki noted that more than 500,000 subway, NJTransit, Long Island Rail
    Road and Amtrak riders a day now use Penn Station, a bland hub located
    across Eighth Ave. He called the current location "horribly
    inadequate."
    It's "certainly not an appropriate gateway to the greatest city in the
    world," he added.

    As envisioned by James Carpenter Design Associates, in collaboration
    with
    Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, the new central train hall will mirror the
    old Penn Station through the addition of tall, steel arches on which
    will
    sit a huge, yet lightweight, skylight.

    A second, so-called "grid shell skylight" will be set atop a hall to be
    located roughly in the middle of the building, between Eighth and Ninth
    Aves., that will serve as a taxi station and baggage dropoff.

    The winning plan for the project was submitted by a team of major New
    York
    developers, The Related Cos. and Vornado Realty Trust, which has
    extensive
    holdings in the area.

    The companies will put up about $300 million of the projected $818
    million
    cost at different stages before the work is completed in 2010.

    The city, state and federal governments and the Port Authority are also
    helping to fund the project, whose main transit beneficiary will be
    NJTransit trains.

    The congestion that commuters now face in reaching the track level in
    Penn
    Station will be relieved with the addition of staircases and other
    access
    to 11 platforms that already sit under the Farley building.

    The Postal Service will occupy 250,000 square feet.

    Up to 1 million square feet of air rights will be applied to the
    northeast
    corner of Eighth Ave. and 33rd St., where a Duane Reade store now
    stands.
    A residential tower is expected to rise there, next to Vornado-owned
    1Penn
    Plaza.

    "The completion of the Moynihan Station gives a second chance to
    recapture
    the extraordinary station that once was Penn Station," said Charles
    Gargano, chairman of the state Economic Development Corp.

    Gargano's agency spearheaded the plan and arranged for the planned
    purchase of the Farley building from the Postal Service for $230
    million.

    Yesterday's unveiling was the latest chapter in a long-running effort
    to
    give the Farley building new life as a transit hub.

    Moynihan's dream project seemed far along six years ago, when
    then-President Bill Clinton came to New York to join Pataki and the
    senator in introducing plans for "the new Penn Station" in the Farley
    building.

    Amtrak, the owner of Penn Station, was then onboard, but has since
    pulled
    back its planned financial contribution.

    Mayor Bloomberg said the project will create more than 10,000
    construction
    jobs, more than 3,300 permanent jobs and more than $50 million a year
    intax revenue, and provide an anchor destination amid plans for new
    West
    Side development.
     
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    It would be interesting to see an artists concept rendering of this new structure.

    :D

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