NYU 2031 expansion plan East Village hearing
On Monday, May 10 there will be a public hearing on NYU’s 2031 Expansion Plan in Community Board #3’s Zoning Committee. As Community Board #3 covers the East Village, the hearing and discussion will focus on how the plan will impact the area east of 4th Avenue. The NYU 2031 expansion plan currently calls for the university to add between 1 and 1.5 million sq. ft. of space in the East Village and other areas near to but just outside of its Washington Square ‘core’ over the next 20 years. NYU’s recently-completed 26 story dorm on East 12th Street — the tallest building in the East Village — is 175,000 sq. ft., thus the proposed 1-1.5 million sq. ft. is the equivalent of roughly six to nine more of these. However, unlike the ‘core’ area where NYU has given a great deal of specifics about what they are proposing to build there, in the East Village and other areas outside of the ‘core’ NYU has not provided any details about how, when, or where this massive amount of space might be distributed over the next 20 years.
At a recent Community Board #2 (Greenwich Village, NoHo) public hearing on the NYU 2031 Expansion Plan, hundreds of residents turned out to speak up about the plan, with every speaker raising some objections to the proposals. GVSHP has consistently pushed NYU to look outside of our already-oversaturated neighborhoods for satellite campus locations if the university is going to continue to grow, with the Financial District as one area GVSHP has especially encouraged the university to look at. At the Community Board 2 public hearing, the Chair of the Community Board representing the Financial District urged NYU to consider a site at the World Trade Center for its controversial planned 40-story tower on Bleecker Street, saying it would be welcome downtown where a structure of that size would be appropriate.
HOW TO HELP:
Come to the Community Board #3 Zoning Committee Public Hearing on the NYU 2031 Expansion Plan on Monday, May 10th at 6:30 pm at the Cooper Union Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street (3rd Avenue/Lafayette Street), the Peter Cooper suite, 8th floor. Find out more about NYU’s growth plans and express your opinions or concerns.