The long, arduous saga of the SSUnited States may be drawing to a close — at least here in Philadelphia.
In a press release, the SS United States Conservancy, which has been trying in vain for years to save the ship, said it will host a press conference “to announce that it has signed an option agreement with a major redevelopment partner.” The kicker?
The event, slated for the morning of Feb. 4, will be at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal, Pier 88 in New York City.
“At the announcement, an exciting future for the ship will be revealed that envisions the SS United States against as an iconic symbol of America the world over,” the conservancy teased. There’ll be an artist’s rendering of what itmighteventuallyperhapslook likewhereverit winds up.
Still, the news is an auspicious sign that after years of struggling to secure funding, or an interested developer, here in Philadelphia, lovers of the ship might’ve found a way for it to survive. Currently, the ship remains docked down near the Ikea and Chick-fil-A on Columbus Boulevard.
Now, the conservancy is staying mum on whatexactlyis going on, butgiven that Curbed NYis now reporting the news, it seems the writingis on the porthole.