During planning for the Ground Zero redevelopment, the Signature Theatre, which devotes an entire season of productions to one playwright, was to have been one of the anchor arts organizations at the WTC site. That idea was nixed in 2007, and now the company, whose lease at 555 West 42nd Street expires in 2001, has finally settled on a new home. Today the Bloomberg administration announced a $25 million contribution to the project, part of an $800 million, 59-story, residential building and hotel on 42nd Street and 10th Avenue being built by Related Companies.

The Signature Center is being designed by Frank Gehry, and the rest of the complex, which will be built to LEED Silver standards, will be the work of Arquitectonica and Ismael Leyva. According to the mayor's office, the building will provide more than 800 new housing units, including more than 160 intended for low-income families. The performing arts center will feature three intimate and distinct theatres, rehearsal studios, a café, bookstore and administrative offices, and will allow Signature to more than double its audience, with anticipated attendance of more than 80,000. That's expected to open in 2012, while the apartment/hotel complex is slated to be finished in 2011.

Signature will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year by presenting a season of works by Tony Kushner, including the first New York revival of Angels in America since its Broadway debut. According to the press release, the Signature Center will ultimately run three programs: the continuation of the Master Playwright Residency, which explores the works of playwrights with major bodies of work; the expansion of the Legacy Program, which celebrates the lifetime achievements of the artists who have previously worked at Signature; and the introduction of a new Emerging Playwrights Residency.