In glowing eggshell news, this afternoon the MTA will announce the plans for the new downtown Fulton Street Transit Center. The architecture firm behind the translucent bubble, Grimshaw, also created the Eden Project, one of the British Millennium Projects.
Key parts of the Fulton Street plan:
1) 50-foot-wide dome with zig-zag framework to "harvest sunlight"
2) Integration of 115-year-old Corbin Building into plan; all other buildings on east side of Broadway between Fulton and John Sts. to be razed; new street-level retail stores
3) New underground concourse links Fulton St. station to PATH and subways at Santiago Calatrava's forthcoming transport hub at the WTC site
4) Renovated subway platforms and mezzanine at Fulton St. station
5) For completion in 2007
The unveiling of the plans, at 4pm today in the West Village, is open to the public. Reports of egg throwing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
[Inside: an MTA schematic of the Fulton Street-WTC grid]