Huge Crowd Opposing NYU Expansion Plan Forces Relocation of Public Hearing
Last night several hundred people turned out to the first official public hearing in the review and approval process for NYU’s massive expansion plan to urge Community Board #2’s Zoning Committee to reject the plan and the zoning changes it requires. After more than a hundred people were shut out of the meeting due to lack of space, attendees both inside and out demanded that the hearing be moved or postponed so that all who wanted to could participate. The Community Board agreed, and the meeting was moved to a much larger space at Our Lady of Pompei Church. Of the several hundred people who attended, not a single one spoke in favor of the NYU plan. Residents, NYU faculty, and of course GVSHP spoke forcefully in opposition to the plan. The Committee did not vote last night, and neither they nor the full Community Board will vote until February. See coverage from Channel 5 News and the Epoch Times, and pictures HERE.
Comparative views of NYU's proposed construction. Click image for details.
This bodes extremely well for our efforts to stop City approvals of the NYU plan, and we must keep our momentum going. There are more critical Community Board hearings coming up, and it is vital that elected officials continue to hear from the public in writing and by phone that we want them to OPPOSE the massive NYU expansion proposal.
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For more information on the NYU Expansion plan, click HERE. To view the video of last week’s huge Town Hall on fighting the NYU plan, click HERE.