Testimony of Sal Alaburic
Before the New York City Planning Commission
For the Public Hearing on the New York University Core Project
April 25, 2012
Chair Burden and fellow Commissioners:
On behalf of Volare restaurant I want to express my support for the NYU 2031 Core Expansion Plan. I have owned and operated Volare in Greenwich Village since 1977.
NYU's students, faculty and staff have been loyal customers of Volare for 35 years, and I believe my restaurant will benefit from the University's 2031 expansion plan. NYU contributes tremendously to the economy, energy and special nature of Greenwich Village and I believe this plan will only improve the vitality of the area.
I urge you to support this plan as it is thoughtful, has been responsive to the community's needs, and is extremely important for both the University and the City. By building on their own property and not extending further into Greenwich Village, creating enhanced and more usable open space, and donating land for a future public school, the NYU plan serves the needs of both the University and the local community.
Thank you for your leadership, and I once again urge you to vote in favor of this plan.