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October 06, 2004

City ups High Line funding, names designers

The city increased its funding commitment for the High Line project to $43.25 million over the next four years, named a design team, and joined the state and two rail lines in applying for federal approval to convert the structure to public space.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city would make an additional $27.5 million commitment for transforming the unused elevated rail line on Manhattan's West Side into public open space. To complement the city’s pledge, U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler has included $5 million for the High Line in the six-year federal transportation bill, and Sens. Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton are working to supplement the $5 million while the bill is in the Senate, the mayor said.

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The city also announced that the design team for the project will be made up of Manhattan-based landscape architectural firm Field Operations and architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The first public forum will be held on Oct. 19.

Lastly, New York state and the city joined with CSX Transportation and Conrail—respectively, the current and former owners of the High Line—to file a joint legal petition with the federal Surface Transportation Board seeking permission to convert the structure through the federal rail-banking program, which allows rail corridors to be used as public space.


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