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Port Authority puts off pivotal vote on 3 WTC subsidy

Plan would bump up agency loan for Silverstein Properties to $1.1B from $200M
March 20, 2014 08:35AM

A vote on a proposal to ramp up the subsidized financing for Silverstein Properties’ 3 World Trade Center has been delayed to April or May.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey board of commissioners gave Scott Rechler, the agency’s vice chair, approval to extend talks with Silverstein. The plan would raise the Port Authority’s financial contribution to $1.1 billion from the present agreement of $200 million.

Rechler and Silverstein had been butting heads with Port Authority commissioner Kenneth Lipper over the stalled 80-story, $2.3 billion tower, as previously reported. Critics have argued that the building would be largely vacant and would be competing with One World Trade Center and other nearby towers. Lipper warned that the loans would likely reduce the Port Authority’s credit rating. [Crain’s]Mark Maurer