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Archaeological Investigation

NYU will undertake a Phase 1B archaeological investigation in consultation with the Landmarks Preservation Commission to determine the presence of archaeological resources that may exist in areas as denoted in the FEIS Figure 7-1A on the superblocks.

  • Timing: Prior to construcution in archaeologically sensitive areas identified in the FEIS.
  • Collaborators: The Landmarks Preservation Commission and the State Historic Preservation Office.
  • Reference: Restrictive Declaration section 4 (h), page 36.

Historic Resource Protection Measures

NYU will consult with the State Historic Preservation Office regarding aspects of the new construction, preparing a Level II HABS documentation of Washington Square Village; a Construction Protection Plan for certain adjacent buildings; and historic plaques and markers in the former Sasaki Garden.

  • Timing: To be part of the design/construction due diligence process for buildings on the North Block prior to construction.
  • Collaborators: New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.
  • Reference: Restrictive Declaration, section 4.4 (b) page 54.

Mature Tree Protection Plans

To the extent practical, NYU will endeavor to protect mature trees in close proximity to construction. NYU will create Mature Tree Protection Plans for two construction staging areas -- on Mercer Street between Bleecker Street and West 3rd Street, and on LaGuardia Street between Bleecker Street and West 3rd Street.

Seasonal Playground Associate

NYU will fund a seasonal playground associate for Washington Square Park to offset the potential increase in park users during construction of the LaGuardia Building on the north superblock.

Preconstruction Plans

NYU will prepare preconstruction plans for each building project on the superblocks. Preconstruction plans will include construction-related environmental commitments such as diesel emission reduction measures, a dust control plan, construction noise reduction measures, construction vibration measures, a construction dewatering plan, a pest management plan, a hazardous materials plan, and a historic resources protection plan.

Updated 8/11/15: Plans are currently being drafted.

Independent Construction Monitor

With the consent of the Department of City Planning, NYU will hire a third-party construction monitor to oversee the implementation and performance of NYU's commitments and project components related to mitigation, monitoring, and the environment.

Updated 8/11/15: NYU expects to hire construction monitor subject to City Planning approval in fall 2015.

Construction Committee Liaison

NYU will designate a liaison to work with a "construction committee" to be set up by the Manhattan Borough President and/or Community Board. The construction committee liaison will address questions and concerns raised by the committee in a timely fashion.

Updated 9/16/15: Completed outreach to BP's office anticipated in early 2016.

Noise Mitigation

Prior to the start of construction, NYU will provide sound attenuating windows (either new windows or secondary storm windows) and new air conditioners or air conditioner covers for NYU buildings on the superblock site and non-NYU buildings on the periphery of the project site depending on their proximity to the zone of impact.

  • Updates

Updated 10/20/15: The installation of new double pane windows and ACs are complete at WSV; the noise mitigation work at Silver Towers is on-going with the installation of new double pane windows and PTAC units - expected completion is early 2016.

Updated 9/16/15: WSV new double-pane window and AC cover installation nearly complete; Silver Towers new double-pane window and PTAC installation underway with completion in early 2016. Inventory of off-site buildings complete, building owner outreach underway.  

4/28/2015: NYU will begin the replacement of single-paned windows in the 100 and 110 Bleecker Street buildings with new double-paned windows. Additionally, new PTAC (provide heating and air conditioning) units, insulation, and other sound-attenuating materials will also be installed in new metal cabinet covers. In advance of the start of work, we have posted details about the project's scope and timeframe to the NYU Construction Page

10/22/14: The measurement phase of the Silver Towers Window Replacement Project has been scheduled to begin in November. Residents can use this online form to confirm their measurement appointment or grant permission for the measuring team to enter their apartments. Read an FAQ about the ST Window Replacement Project »

9/10/14: In advance of the start of work, we have posted details about the project's scope and timeframe to the NYU Construction Page.

7/14/14: The measurement phase of the Washington Square Village Window Replacement Project has been scheduled to begin this month. Residents can use this online form to confirm their measurement appointment or grant permisison for the measuring team to enter their apartments. Read an FAQ about the WSV Window Replacement Project »

7/1/14: NYU will begin undertaking replacement of all single-paned windows throughout Washington Square Village with new double-paned windows. Additionally, existing air conditioning units will be insulated and sealed, and special sound-attenuating interior covers will be installed in apartments.

  • Resources:

Read letters from NYU Executive Vice President Allison Leary on the Washington Square Village and Silver Towers window replacement projects.

Noise Attenuation

NYU will meet noise attenuation requirements for new buildings as listed in the FEIS.

Updated 9/16/15: noise attenuation requirements for the new Coles building will adhere to the Restrictive Dec.

Maintenance and Protection of Traffic

For each new building project, NYU will prepare a plan and provide diagrams of proposed temporary curb lane and sidewalk closures (an MPT plan), including the duration of closures, the sidewalk protection measures to be installed for pedestrians, and other MPT items.

Updated 9/16/15: MPT for new Coles building currently underway.

Traffic Monitoring Plan

Due to the potential for transportation conditions to change over time, NYU will conduct a Traffic Monitoring Program (TMP) to determine the need for and any adjustments to transportation-related mitigation measures.

Traffic Mitigation

NYU will pay the costs of any required traffic mitigation measures (or implement such measures directly) under the direction of DOT, including signal timing changes, widening of the crosswalk at W 4th Street and Washington Square East, and improving the interaction approach at Bleecker and Mercer Streets.

Transit Mitigation

NYU will conduct a study prior to construction of the new Coles and Mercer Buildings to determine the necessity of widening stairs at the Broadway/Lafayette and W 4th Street subway stations. If the stairs must be widened, the work will be completed prior to the issuance of the temporary certificates of occupancy for the Coles Building (for Broadway/Lafayette) and Mercer Building (for W 4th Street).

  • Timing: To be part of the design/construction due diligence process related to the Coles Redevelopment Building.
  • Collaborators: NYC Transit Authority and the Department of City Planning
  • Reference: Restrictive Dec. sec 4.4(d), page 56


NYU will implement a Minority-Owned, Women-Owned, and Local-Owned Business Enterprises (MWLBE) Plan.

Updated 11/1/13: Certain details of NYU's MWLBE Utilitization Plan have been finalized. Learn more at the in-depth MWLBE Utilization page »

Updated 7/1/13: NYU's MWLBE plan is in the process of being implemented.

  • Timing: From fall of 2012 and throughout construction.
  • Reference: NYU established a set of MWLBE participation goals as it received approval of its Core Expansion project during the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure ("ULURP") in July 2012.

Landscape Improvements Compliance Report

NYU will hire an architect, landscape architect, or engineer to inspect new landscape improvements and confirm that NYU has met its obligations according to the Restrictive Declaration. The landscape inspector will issue an annual compliance report, submitting a draft report to the OSOO for comment before it is finalized.

  • Timing: Compliance reports will be issued annually. The first will be issued no later than June 30th of the year following that year in which the first permanent landscape improvement is completed.
  • Collaborators: The report's format must be approved by the director of City Planning. The final report will be submitted to the Chair of the City Planning Commission and the Commissioner of the Department of Parks and Recreation.
  • Reference: Restrictive Declaration section 7.3 (b), page 92.

Boiler Stack Locations

NYU will locate the boiler stacks for new buildings on the southern superblock away from neighboring facilities. For the Bleecker Building and the southern portion of the Coles Redevelopment Project, the boiler stacks will be at least 30 feet from any potential rooftop playgrounds and at least 128 feet away from 505 LaGuardia.

Updated 9/16/15: stack locations in new Coles building will adhere to Restrictive Dec requirements.

  • Timing: To be part of the design/construction due diligence process for the Coles Redevelopment Project and Bleecker building.
  • Collaborators: To be developed in consultation with the Department of Parks and Recreation.
  • Reference: Restrictive Declaration section 4.2 (a), page 42.

Storm Water BMP

NYU will develop and implement one or more plans incorporating best management practices to reduce the rate of peak discharge to the combined sewer system on the superblocks.

Updated 9/16/15: Stormwater BMP planning is underway.

  • Timing: NYU will submit best management plans to the Department of Environmental Protection prior to each building's development phase. Alternately, one consolidated plan may be submitted, providing that the DEP has a BMP for the relevant phase.
  • Collaborators: Department of Environmental Protection.
  • Reference: Restrictive Declaration section 4.3, page 48.

CoGen Tie-In

The Mercer Building, LaGuardia Building, and the northern portion of the Coles Redevelopment Project will be connected to NYU's cogeneration power plant.

Updated 9/16/15: Co-gen tie-in planning is underway.

LEED Certification

NYU will use reasonable and good faith effort to obtain LEED Silver Certification for all new buildings.

Updated 9/16/15: LEED certification and sustainability in general is a principle factor in the design of the new Coles building; LEED planning is underway.

Emissions Reduction

NYU will switch the fuel in the central heating plant to natural gas or No. 2 fuel oil, or to an alternative fuel that will result in the same or lower emissions, before the occupation of the Coles Redevelopment Project or Bleecker building.

  • Timing: Prior to the occupation of the Coles Redevelopment Project or Bleecker building.
  • Collaborators: Department of City Planning, only in the event that NYU chooses a fuel other than natural gas or No. 2 oil.
  • Reference: Restrictive Declaration section 4.2, page 42.

Efficient Maintenance and Operations

NYU will use alternative fuels and efficient vehicles for the maintenance and operation of new buildings.

Water Conservation

NYU will implement water conservation strategies and measures such as low-flow toilets and faucets in order to arrive at 20 percent less than baseline water useage for new buildings.

  • Timing: To be part of the design/construction due diligence process for each building, prior to the receipt of a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy for any new building.
  • Collaborators: Department of City Planning.
  • Reference: Restrictive Declaration section 4.3 (c), page 49.

Energy Efficiency

NYU will implement and incorporate energy efficiency measures in all new buildings, including high efficiency HVAC systems, high-albedo roofing materials, window glazing, motion sensors, and Energy Star appliances.

Building Energy Consultant

NYU will hire a qualified building energy consultant to report on the energy efficiency measures for each new building, ensuring that the construction and usage plans will result in at least 10% less energy consumption than the standards set forth in either state or city energy codes.

Mercer Street Plaza No-Build Agreement

Per the ULURP approvals and as memorialized in the Mapping Agreement, the plaza on the west side of Mercer Street between W 3rd and W 4th Sts (the "CoGen Plaza") shall be used as permanent landscaped open space in perpetuity.

Updated 9/20/15: City Planning de-mapped the plaza area in September 2015 enabling its purchase by NYU. Per the Mapping Agreement, the strip will remain a public plaza in perpetuity.

Updated 8/11/15: Map filing expected Fall 2015.

Updated 1/14/15: The mapping agreement is on hold pending a court challenge.

  • Timing: To be enacted after the mapping agreement is executed, the right-of-way demapped as a street, the property deeds recorded with NYC Dept of Finance, and NYU closes on the property. These items were completed over the past several months, culminating with the property purchase in September 2015. The Mercer St Plaza above and below grade is now owned by NYU; the plaza will remain as open space in perpetuity.
  • Collaborators: NYC Law Department, NYC Department of City Planning, NYU
  • Reference: As stated in the ULURP approvals and as a requirement of the Mapping Agreement.

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