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WTC Retail Construction to Start; Hotel for West 29th Street?

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FINANCIAL DISTRICT?The Port Authority can finally start construction on the much-talked about retail at the World Trade Center. A $11.1 million construction contract with T.B. Penick & Sons Inc. was approved to today to begin work on the Cortlandt Way retail corridor. The street level pedestrian walkway will be between towers three and four, connecting Greenwich and Church Streets. It will have 16,000-square-feet of shops. This summer, it was finally determined that the Westfield Group would develop and lease 450,000 square feet of the project's retail, including Cortlandt Way. In other FiDi news, a Curbed operative also sends word that the MTA is finished with restoration of the historic Corbin building's facade, but we have yet to check it out. Anyone have photos? [CurbedWire Inbox; previously]

FLATIRON?Is West 29th Street getting a new hotel? That's the word on the street, according to a Curbed tipster who is trying to dig up more information about the project. Permits have been filed with the DOB to demolish the current 4-story building on the site in question, 42 West 29th Street. Our tipster has been chatting with Community Board 5 about the proposal, but the developers, Devli Properties, hung up on him when he called asking about the project. He's concerned about how tall the hotel will be because he's considering buying an apartment next door. Anyone have any intel? [CurbedWire Inbox]