World Trade Center developer Silverstein Properties is the latest firm that has entered the competition for one of three downstate casino licenses, reports 6sqft.

View looking northeast from 11th AvenueSilverstein Properties

Silvertstein's bid, dubbed The Avenir, would create a new casino accompanied bay entertainment and residential uses on a currently vacant lot just north of the Javits Center at 41st Street and 11th Avenue. Plans call for the construction of twin 46-story towers with an eight-story casino from Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment at the base.

Architecture firms CetraRuddy and Steelman Partners are designing The Avenir, which would include more than 100 homes - all of which would be permanently affordable and available via the city's housing lottery system. Plans also call for a 1,000-seat performance hall.

Renderings depict the towers as Art Deco-inspired buildings, connected to a sky bridge on the 45th floors.

Aerial view of The Avenir's crownSilverstein Properties

Silverstein will be competing with more than a half-dozen other prominent bidders for the casino licenses.

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