NEW YORK (AP) – A performing arts center planned for the World Trade Center site has received a boost after being in limbo for years.

The Lower Manhattan Development Corp. on Thursday approved $1 million to hire staff and develop building plans.

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With the approval, the center could open as planned in 2017.

The LMDC had withheld the seed money in September, citing concerns over the project’s cost and fundraising ability.

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A board of directors was named to the center last year.

The Frank Gehry-designed center would include a theater for contemporary dance.

The LMDC has already committed $155 million for construction. The total cost is estimated at $450 million.

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