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This concept plan creates a large oval park on a deck above West Street, as well as new public squares, memorial sites, and sites for a museum and other important low-rise cultural buildings positioned to be visible from beyond the site. A grand promenade extends south along West Street to Battery Park, lined with trees or plants to remember each of the victims. By connecting the proposed museum/cultural facilities on the site to Battery Park, the promenade forms a dignified, symbolic connection of spaces between the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the World Trade Center site. The skyline is marked by two 63-story towers on the eastern portion of the site along Church Street.

Principal Features of this Concept Plan:

  • Promenade connecting museum/cultural facilities on the site to Battery Park, and via ferry, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty
  • Cultural and memorial uses on the western portion of the site
  • 27.7 acres of public space, including the grand promenade, new streets, public squares, arcades, and an enclosed galleria
  • New streets including grand promenade
  • West Street tunnel from Battery Park to Vesey Street (local traffic at surface)
  • 6 towers (2 at 63 stories, 4 at 32 stories)
  • Potential residential development south of Liberty Street
  • 19.4 acres of new property created, on a deck and grand promenade over the submerged express lanes of West Street