Updated 05/26/2010 04:49 PM
Whitney To Break Ground On Meatpacking District Location
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After spending more than four decades on the Upper East Side, the Whitney Museum is set to break ground on a new location in the Meatpacking District.
The museum's board unanimously voted Tuesday to begin construction on a new building on Gansevoort Street, just steps from the entrance to the High Line.
They hope to break ground next year and complete the 195,000 square foot, six-story building by 2015.
Many in the neighborhood say the museum will be good for the art community and beyond.
"I think it's very exciting. Actually it is something that has been discussed in this neighborhood for some time," said Leo Kesting Gallery owner John Leo.
"I think it will really prosper it will be wonderful we welcome them since day one," said flower shop owner Banchet Jaigla.
The board has also decided to sell a group of brownstones near its signature Upper East Side building – effectively ending any chances of expanding its current space.