It seems like Governor Cuomo’s had enough of ugly Manhattan buildings. Fresh off his announcement of a $3 billion overhaul of Penn Station comes another major redevelopment plan–a $1 billion expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Center, already the nation’s largest meeting place. First reported by Curbed, the project will increase the building by 1.2 million square feet, adding five times the current meeting space and bringing the total square footage to a massive 3.3 million. Renderings from FXFOWLE show a glassy structure that will house a 58,000-square-foot ballroom (Cuomo says it will be the largest in the northeast), 22,000 square feet of outdoor event space, and a four-level truck garage that will supposedly get 20,000 vehicles off the streets.
Of course the impetus behind the expansion is to bring more events to the center. And Cuomo must really want the additional city revenue, because he said construction is slated to begin this year. He also noted that the project would create 4,000 full-time and 2,000 part-time jobs, as well as give the hotel industry a boost from increased event attendees.
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All renderings via FXFOWLE
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