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Mike: Looks like High Line time

Plans for the West Side's High Line are looking up, Mayor Bloomberg said yesterday.

The city and the state have applied to the federal government to transform the elevated railway into a public promenade, Bloomberg said.

Bloomberg also announced that landscape architecture firm Field Operations and architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, have been selected to create a master plan for the High Line.

The tracks, built in the 1930s to remove trains from Manhattan's streets, span 22 blocks from W. 34th St. south to Gansevoort St.

The city has already agreed to contribute $43.25 million in capital funding to the project, which is estimated to cost $60 million to $100 million. Construction of the promenade could begin as early as the fall of 2005.

"The innovative reuse of this long abandoned railway here on the West Side will bring badly needed new open space to three growing Manhattan neighborhoods - the Meatpacking District, west Chelsea and the Hudson Yards area," Bloomberg said.

A community forum on the planning process will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 19 at Metropolitan Pavilion, 110 W. 19th St.

Michael Saul

Originally published on October 7, 2004

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