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Port Authority to hold “a ceremony of some sort” for Oculus

Santiago Calatrava-designed transit hub opened in March
April 29, 2016 10:01AM

The World Trade Center Transportation Hub (inset: John Degnan)

The World Trade Center Transportation Hub (inset: John Degnan)

Some – including its executive director – don’t believe the Oculus transportation hub at the World Trade Center site is anything to celebrate, but celebrate the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will.

“We are hoping for a ceremony of some sort in May in connection with the board meeting,” the Authority’s chairman John Degnan said after a board meeting Thursday, Politico reported.

The 365,000-square-foot, white, metal, turkey carcass-like, Santiago Calatrava-designed hub, was completed far behind scheduled, and ultimately cost $4 billion, twice its original $2 billion budget.

Pat Foye, a high ranking executive at the Port Authority, called the project a “symbol of excess” in February. At the time officials said the Oculus would open without specific fanfare. They later suggested a celebration might be held later in the spring.

Calatrava has been kept “in the loop” about the new plans, a spokesperson told Politico. [Politico] – Ariel Stulberg