Performing Arts Center (Manhattan)
|World Trade Center
Performing Arts Center
Location within New York City
Manhattan, New York City
|Construction started||Early 2017|
|Cost||about US$500 million|
The Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center (PACWTC) is a planned multi-space, 150 to 800-seat performing arts center at the northeast corner of the World Trade Center site at the intersection of Fulton and Greenwich Streets in Manhattan.
The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) announced on October 12, 2004 that Gehry Partners LLP and Snøhetta, an architectural firm from Norway, would design the PAC. Gehry's performing arts complex, which incorporated a boxlike design, would have housed the Joyce Theater, as the Signature Theater Company had dropped out due to space constraints and cost limitations.
Plans for the construction of the PAC were reportedly stalled over financing and design, although construction is also hindered by the presence of the temporary World Trade Center PATH subway station entrance.
In February, 2014, David Lan, Artistic Director of London's Young Vic Theatre, was announced as Consulting Artistic Director of the PACWTC, a position he will hold simultaneously with his Young Vic leadership. The Center's mission was revised to originate works of theater, music and dance in three small flexible theaters.
By September 2014, Gehry Associates were no longer connected with the project. Plans were proceeding for the choice of a new architect and future programming for a 2019 opening. Gehry's design was scrapped; the board of the Performing Arts Center plans to choose a new design from one of three other architects. This change came after Maggie Boepple, the president of the Performing Arts Center appointed in 2012, was said to have disapproved of his work.
In July 2015, it was reported that the construction budget for the PAC was to be reduced from $350 million to $200 million. The LMDC announced at a board meeting that the $99 million in federal funds committed to the project was contingent on the arts center’s leaders’ "producing an affordable design and a viable plan for raising the remaining money from private sources."
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