Javits Pricey New Plan

$4 Billion Project Awaits Approval

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

Javits: Long-awaited
expansion still simmering

The newest proposal for the expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City’s main exhibition hall, carries with it a hefty $4 billion price tag, according to a report by The New York Times.

The budget is more than double that of an earlier plan, approved during the administration of New York’s previous governor, George E. Pataki, which called for 300,000 square feet of additional exhibition space at a cost of $1.8 billion. Current Gov. Eliot Spitzer openly expressed his disapproval of that project and for several months has considered various alternatives. City officials said delays are racking up $17 million a month in rising construction costs.

The latest proposal features 550,000 square feet of exhibit and meeting space in a three-story expansion. If the plan is approved by the state, the total square footage of the center will increase to 1.34 million.

At press time, Javits officials would not comment on the plan.