NYU Expansion Plans Update — 9/20 Hearing
The Community Action Alliance on NYU 2031 (CAAN 2031) — a coalition of community groups GVSHP helped found to respond to NYU’s massive development plans following the suspension of the Borough President’s Community Task Force on NYU — continues to grow (see our latest letter with membership roster HERE). CAAN 2031 continues to urge elected officials and the local Community Board, which will be voting or weighing in on NYU’s plans, not to approve or support zoning changes or landmarks approvals NYU is seeking which would negatively impact the character of our neighborhoods. CAAN 2031 has also written to various city officials urging that the public green space on Bleecker, Mercer, and West 3rd Streets and LaGuardia Place which NYU is asking be given to it for development as part of its NYU 2031 Expansion plan be turned into permanent public parkland (read the letter HERE).
CAAN 2031 now also has a website, which you can visit HERE. Both the CAAN 2031 website and GVSHP’s NYU webpage now also have useful documents including a summary of the NYU 2031 Land Use proposals, NYU’s Overview of their 2031 Expansion Plan, and NYU’s History of the development of and regulations governing the superblocks, which they are seeking to dramatically change.
On Monday, September 20th, Community Board #2’s Zoning and Institutions Committee will be holding a joint public hearing on the NYU 2031 plan and the various zoning, land use, and landmarks approvals NYU is seeking for nine blocks east and south of Washington Square, to allow an additional 2 million square feet (the equivalent of the Empire State Building) of development there.
HOW TO HELP:
Come to the Community Board #2 Public Hearing on the NYU 2031 Plan on Monday, September 20th at 6:30 pm at PS 41, 116 West 11th Street, and speak during the public session regarding the serious problems with the NYU plan and the viable alternatives the University, Community Board, and elected officials should be considering.