A day after Friday's exuberant announcement of Gretchen Dykstra as the shepherd of the World Trade Center Foundation's $500 million capital campaign, the Times pointed out Saturday that the Frank Gehry-designed performance arts center has been bumped to the "second phase" of the fundraising plan. When that phase will begin is unclear. In the meantime, the center's proposed tenants are fretting about their future, Gehry is doodling away, and Blogger Miss Representation is warning that the mud is going to get thicker:
It continues to be a struggle to create several complex and very expensive structures -- that must knit together formally and logistically, on a site that would be a tremendous challenge even if it weren?t the most emotionally fraught landscape in the history of the city -- absent a functioning master plan.Of course, as Robert Kolker deftly points out in this week's NY Mag, all of this could be moot if Larry Silverstein can't get anybody to rent the 1.7 million sqft of office space at 7 World Trade. And, to date, Silverstein has sold exactly one tenant on the building: himself. Yikes!
· Towers Site Campaign to Bypass Theaters [NY Times]
· Enormouse Change at the Last Minute [Miss Representation]
· Who Wants to Move to Ground Zero? [NY Mag]