Core Commitments Progress Report

In 2012, the New York City Council approved NYU’s Core Plan granting NYU permission to develop new facilities on the two superblocks bounded by West 3rd Street and Houston Street to the north and south, and by Mercer Street and Laguardia Place to the east and west.

With the guidance of Council Member Margaret Chin and the City, NYU agreed that in addition to the approved plan, the University would fulfill a series of commitments to the community. These commitments to the community are memorialized in an agreement between NYU and the City, known as the Restrictive Declaration (PDF: 17 MB). NYU has created the Core Commitments Progress Report (PDF: 149 KB) which is updated quarterly and provides a short overview of each commitment in the Restrictive Declaration along with its current status.

The commitments include enhancing spaces for public use, implementing construction mitigation measures, incorporating sustainability initiatives, and formalizing oversight procedures for construction and open space maintenance.

Community and Open Space

As a part of its commitments to the community, NYU is enhancing and supporting spaces for community members. Completed enhanced spaces include the Bleecker Street Landscape, the Mercer-Houston Dog Run Relocation, and Fiorello LaGuardia Park. Future commitments include the opening of a Community Facility Space and Toddler Playground as part of the 181 Mercer project along with the opportunity for the NYC School Construction Authority to build a public school on the superblocks. For more information on these and other commitments, please review the Core Commitments Progress Report (PDF: 149 KB).

Construction

As a part of its commitments to the community, NYU is implementing various mitigation measures prior to, during, and after construction. Mitigation measures include noise attenuation, traffic maintenance, and air emissions reductions. For more information on these and other commitments, please review the Core Commitments Progress Report (PDF: 149 KB).

Sustainability

As a part of its commitments to the community, NYU is implementing sustainability initiatives that support water conservation, energy efficiency, and emissions reduction. For more information on these and other commitments, please review the Core Commitments Progress Report (PDF: 149 KB).

Oversight

As a part of its commitments to the community, agreements and oversight organizations review NYU’s progress on its commitments as memorialized in the Restrictive Declaration (PDF: 17 MB). Oversight organizations include an Independent Construction Monitor and a Construction Committee created by Borough President Gale Brewer. For more information on these and other commitments, please review the Core Commitments Progress Report (PDF: 149 KB).