Huge Turnout for NYU 2031 Community Town Hall
Last night 250 people turned out for the Community Town Hall on the NYU 2031 plan sponsored by GVSHP, Greenwich Village Block Associations, and a dozen other community groups (CLICK HERE for pictures). The public was presented with information indicating how NYU’s current thinking for its 2031 plan would roughly double its already breakneck pace of growth in our neighborhoods, adding the equivalent of all of NYU’s development over the last 44 years in just the next 22 years. Put in other terms, NYU is contemplating adding the equivalent of twenty more of their recently-completed, 26-story ‘mega-dorm’ on East 12th Street, the tallest building in the East Village, or sixty more of their recently proposed new ‘Center for Academic and Spiritual Life’ on Washington Square South, or two hundred more of their planned new Law School Office Building which will replace the now-demolished Provincetown Playhouse and Apartments building.
Those gathered agreed that NYU must stick to commitments it made as part of the “planning principles” agreement with community groups and elected officials that it will prioritize finding locations outside of our neighborhood for new development, and to prioritize re-use of existing buildings over demolition. The university has shown little evidence of living up to either commitment. Read preview coverage in The Real Deal.
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