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NYU Announces Proposal for Mercer Street Landscaping Project

July 6, 2009

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

NYU is pleased to share with you its proposed design plan for the landscaping on Mercer Street between West 3rd and West 4th Streets.

We are especially proud of this proposal, not only for what it is (a welcome oasis of green along Mercer Street planted with trees and native vegetation) and how it came about (as a result of the construction of NYU’s new, below-ground, high-efficiency, low-pollution co-generation plant, a key part of NYU’s effort to reduce its carbon footprint), but also because of the collaborative process that led to this design.

Thanks to the dedicated efforts and input of all those who were part of the Community Advisory Committee — including representatives of the Washington Square Village Tenants Association, Community Board Two, 250 Mercer Street, New York University, local businesses, and our elected officials - Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects has produced a design of which we can all be proud and which will be used with great enjoyment by the people of this neighborhood. We believe this collaboration and the proposal it has yielded has been very much in keeping with the principles we have embraced in our 2031 planning process.

I look forward to speaking with you at greater length about this project over the coming weeks. We will be presenting this project to Community Board #2 in July. Feel free to contact me anytime with any questions. I look forward to seeing you all enjoy this newly designed open space when it is completed in time for next summer.

Sincerely,

Alicia D. Hurley

Vice President
Government Affairs and Community Engagement
University Relations and Public Affairs
70 Washington Square South, Room 1107
New York, New York 10012-1019
telephone: 212 998 6859
fax: 212 995 4849
alicia.hurley@nyu.edu

Type: Press Release

Press Contact: John Beckman | (212) 998-6848

TOP TO BOTTOM: PRIOR--the site contained sidewalks and two fenced/gated areas.  There was as no seating at street level. PROPOSED: Rendering--Three areas with ground-level seating; Mercer St. towards West 3rd  St; Mercer St. towards West 4th St.

TOP TO BOTTOM: PRIOR--the site contained sidewalks and two fenced/gated areas. There was as no seating at street level. PROPOSED: Rendering--Three areas with ground-level seating; Mercer St. towards West 3rd St; Mercer St. towards West 4th St.


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