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NYU’s “Core” Project Enters Public Review

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MAS joined several hundred community residents last night for Community Board Two’s first official public review of NYU’s application to redevelop significant portions of their core campus in Greenwich Village. Huge attendance caused the meeting to relocate to a larger venue several blocks away; for nearly three hours, residents spoke about how the years of construction impacts, loss of public amenities and increased density will affect their neighborhood’s historic character and livability.

The Department of City Planning officially certified NYU’s plan as complete on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012. This certification marked the beginning of the City’s seven-month public review and approval process known as the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP). The Greenwich Village expansion is one part of NYU 2031: NYU in NYC, the University’s strategic plan to add 6 million square feet of campus space throughout the city over the next twenty years. If approved, NYU’s proposal would add approximately 2.5 million square feet of academic space to two residential superblocks: Silver Towers and Washington Square Village.

MAS has been actively involved in the discussion regarding NYU’s expansion plans beginning in 2010 as participants in Borough President Stringer’s Community Task Force on NYU Development. NYU’s application is now under 60 days of public review. For a full schedule of public hearings see Community Board 2’s website. To learn more about this development project see our NYU web page and read our comments on the Draft Scope of Work for an Environmental Impact Statement for the NYU Core submitted to the Department of City Planning in May 2011.