Groundbreaking is sought for Spring 2003 with completion by Spring 2005. Costs are estimated at $200 million, with an extra $40 million for the proposed deck.
No building in Lower Manhattan is big enough to hold a new antenna; a possible replacement at Ground Zero would take too long to build.
The Metropolitan Television Alliance is a coalition of 11 local stations. It is considering several designs (including the one proposed by KPF shown here). The Alliance favors a design without an observation deck. Whereas Bayonne officials find this acceptable, Jersey City prefers the deck to enhance tourism.
Needed to replace the antenna atop Century Gateway, this tower is planned to become the tallest freestanding structure in the world.
Four proposed sites in New York City were rejected by government authorites. As of November 2002, sites in and Jersey City were being considered, with Bayonne the favored alternative. With hopes of attracting the project to Jersey City, the Jersey City Council recently approved a zoning change to allow the tower.
Construction at either site will involve approval by the FAA (Federal Aviation Authority), since there are concerns a structure that tall might interfere with flight patterns from LaGuardia and Newark Airports. The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) and state DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) must also grant approvals.
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