ebuilding officials said yesterday that the master plan for the World Trade Center site would be done by Jan. 31, just six weeks after proposals from seven teams of architects are presented to the public.
The rapid timeline means officials will be soliciting public comment on the design teams' new ideas at the same time that the two lead rebuilding agencies are ruling out some of the ideas.
"These are parallel processes, and they will take place at the same time," said Michael A. Petralia, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the trade center site and is overseeing its redevelopment along with the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation.
Mr. Petralia added that although the schedules overlap, public comment will be taken into account by the two staff members working on the master plan.
They are Stanton Eckstut, a consultant to the Port Authority and a principal at the firm of Ehrenkrantz, Eckstut & Kuhn, and Alexander Garvin, the development corporation's vice president for planning, design and development. They will begin developing a single master plan shortly after the seven new designs are unveiled, on Dec. 18.
The plan will be developed in consultation
with Silverstein Properties, the company headed by the developer
Larry Silverstein, which holds the lease on office space for the
site, and its partner,
The memorandum says the master plan will include "illustrative design elements to help the public visualize what might ultimately be built." Specifically, those elements are likely to be examples of building designs that are selected from among the plans put forth by the seven groups of architects, although those designs might be modified before construction begins.
The master plan will also include details on the location of the site's new PATH station and other transportation elements, on the restoration of streets, on parcels for commercial development and on the placement of a memorial. It will also include an estimate of the cost of the project and it will outline how development will proceed.
Because the memorial is likely to draw millions of visitors each year, project officials have said they do not want the 16-acre site to look like a perennial construction zone. So space that eventually might be developed for office buildings, for instance, could be used initially as open parkland.
While the Port Authority and the development corporation have vowed to work together on the master plan, Mr. Eckstut and Mr. Garvin have a longstanding professional rivalry.
Mr. Eckstut, who was the director of the urban design program at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture for 15 years, created the master plan for Battery Park City, which won several prestigious design awards. Mr. Garvin, an adjunct professor of urban planning and architecture at Yale, was the lead planner for NYC2012, the group that has orchestrated the city's bid for the 2012 Olympic Games, and he is the author of "The American City," considered a seminal textbook of urban planning.
In May, when the Port Authority and the development corporation were first seeking an urban planning firm to oversee the rebuilding at the trade center site, Mr. Eckstut's firm was a finalist for selection as the master planner.
But another finalist, Beyer Blinder Belle, won the job after Mr. Garvin cast a ballot that gave all of the other firms in competition far lower scores than any of the other judges did.