|Date:||Wednesday, July 29, 2015|
|To:||THE NYU COMMUNITY|
NYU Exec. Vice President for Operations Alison Leary and
Laurence Maslon, Arts Professor and Chair, Superblock Stewardship Advisory Committee
The June ruling from the Court of Appeals—New York State’s highest court—cleared the way for NYU to move forward with the redevelopment of the Coles Sports and Recreation Center.
The new building will provide important, much-needed facilities for our campus community: additional new classrooms (in turn permitting us to continue converting space in the Silver Center into research laboratories); education, practice, and performance space for our performing arts programs; student housing, allowing us to shed costlier leased facilities; an up-to-date sports facility; and faculty housing.
Extensive planning has already been underway; this includes, as a first order of business, replacement facilities to meet the needs of those who currently use Coles for fitness and athletics.
We would like to update you on some of these planning efforts so that you (and your families, if that’s the case) will know what to expect in the weeks and months ahead and so that you can plan accordingly.
The Superblock Stewardship Advisory Committee has provided input to the University on the planning of and construction mitigation efforts associated with the Coles Redevelopment project, and will continue to do so going forward. The Committee also expects to make broad recommendations to the University in the fall about the use of open space that will help clarify and hopefully improve the quality of life on the superblocks.
We are committed to keeping our NYU community and residents informed about the project schedule in a timely manner, as we know these activities affect our daily lives as well as our planning for the future. You can expect to receive more detailed information about the alternatives put in place to meet fitness and athletic needs during construction, early in the Fall semester. Please visit the Coles Redevelopment website for more information.
Thank you and enjoy the rest of the summer.