A gift to perhaps the greatest woman in New York City, it was revealed on Wednesday that the Statue of Liberty will be receiving a $4.58 million facelift. The Post had the details on the plans which were approved by The National Park Service (NPS) earlier this week. The overhaul is expected to include the planting of 46 salt-tolerant trees, repairs to the statue’s granite pavers, and the installation of about 1,650-feet of stainless steel fencing and new gates around Lady Liberty’s base.
The updates are being done to address the remaining damage incurred during Hurricane Sandy. “This is hopefully our last Hurricane Sandy recovery project,” NPS public affairs officer Jerry Willis told The Post.
The National Park Service anticipates that revitalization project will take about a year, and they don’t expect construction to disrupt tourist flow.
Currently, also in progress, is the construction of a Statue of Liberty Museum designed by FXFOWLE, which broke ground last October. As 6sqft previously reported, fashion designer and philanthropist Diane von Furstenberg is heading up the funding effort to realize the new museum, a project estimated to cost $70 million.
[Via NY Post]
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