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St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine Update 07/06/21

Facade Work Proceeds for Historic Manhattan Church

The St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine, located next to the World Trade Center, has been an on-and-off project for well over a decade now. After the original church was destroyed in the September 11th Attacks in 2001, its rebuilding was plagued by project cancelations, funding issues, and construction halts. When construction finally resumed at the start of last year, it was a sign that the long-awaited church might soon open its doors to the congregation once again. As work continues to progress, installation of the marble facade is beginning to clad the small, but triumphant structure. 

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is acting as the developer for the project after the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church signed a formal lease and purchase agreement with the authority in 2017. The agreement is for 198 years, with an additional 99-year extension, and the option to buy. Santiago Calatrava is the leading architect for the new church.

The church is located within Liberty Park, which sits on top of the WTC Vehicular Security Center. As a result, the main structure will appear to sit above street level, and at grade with the elevated park. The project is loosely scheduled to complete by the end of this year.

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