As NYU proceeds with its efforts to bring to fruition its massive expansion plans in Greenwich Village, preservationists are promoting alternative ideas. With commercial vacancy rates in the nearby Financial District at less than desirable levels and the anticipated completion of millions of additional square feet of commercial space at the World Trade Center, some believe it would make great sense for the university to focus its growth further downtown. The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation wrote to key city officials promoting their alternative. These officials will ultimately decide whether to approve NYU’s request zoning changes and special approvals they would need to add their proposed two million square feet of buildings to the Washington Square Park area (i.e. about the amount of space in the Empire State building).
In February, the public review and approval process will begin the “scoping process” for the rezoning application during which the environmental impact of the proposed changes will be evaluated. We will keep you updated as new information is available.
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- Neighbors protest NYU expansion plans (nydailynews.com)
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