NYU loses first round in expansion battle
With no dissent, the local community board turns thumbs down on the school’s plan for a 3 million-square-foot expansion. As many as several hundred faculty members also oppose it.
By Amanda Fung @amandafung
February 24, 2012 12:55 p.m.
In a blow to New York University’s In a ambitious plans to grow its Greenwich In Village campus by roughly 3 million square feet, Community Board 2 unanimously voted against the expansion Thursday evening. The outcome had been anticipated after hundreds of people had testified in opposition to the plan in a dozen public hearings held since the beginning of the year, and as a growing number of the university’s own faculty members have come out protesting the plan.
The Community Board vote is just the first step in the lengthy city zoning review process, known as Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, that NYU needs to pass in order to proceed with the expansion of its campus around Washington Square Park. The plan will next be reviewed by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who will add his recommendations on the plan. From there it will go to the Department of City Planning and then to the City Council for a vote and to the mayor for a final say.
“I am extremely pleased that Community Board 2 is now on record strongly opposing NYU’s plan, which threatens to destroy the neighborhood character of the Village,” said Brad Hoylman, the board’s chairperson, in a statement. “But there is a lot more work to be done. I hope the detailed resolution from the community board will provide a road map for our elected officials as we continue discussions with the City and NYU, and helps send this plan back to the drawing board.”