The proposed expansion of the Jacob Javits Convention Center is dead, a state official announced Thursday at a contentious hearing where a deputy mayor got a verbal slapdown.
The much-hyped renovation of the West Side convention hall has been scrapped primarily due to the huge - and overlooked - cost of repairing the decrepit building, said Patrick Foye, chairman of the Empire State Development Corp.
"We expected a problem, but effectively what we inherited is a mess," Foye told an Assembly hearing, citing the center's leaky roof and damaged lobby.
"The more we peeled the layers of the onion, the more irritated our eyes became."
The cost of the expansion plan, initially estimated at $1.8 billion, has skyrocketed closer to $5 billion, Foye said.
Repairs to the building alone would cost $850 million, he added, noting that city and state officials are trying to put together a less-ambitious proposal.
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