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Building construction will start with the redevelopment of the Coles Sport Center site. The Coles Sport Center is scheduled to close on Friday, January 22, as a new fitness facility at 404 Lafayette Street is scheduled to open on Monday, January 25. The architectural partnership, Davis Brody Bond and KieranTimerblake, and the project management firm, Turner Construction, are working to establish a detailed project timeline.

The Community Facility Rent rate is a rent that is intended only to cover NYU’s operating expenses and is therefore typically below market. Only a non-profit entity is eligible for such rent.

An option has been provided to the NYC School Construction Authority (SCA) to build a school on Bleecker Street site. On October 21, 2014, the University extended the time period during which the SCA has the option to decide on the Bleecker Street site. NYU has extended the current deadline of December 31, 2014 to December 31, 2018. If the SCA does indicate to the University that it intends to move forward with the project, construction must commence by July 31, 2020. There would be no charge to the SCA for the land.

An agreement will be executed with the Mercer Houston Dog Run Association (MHDRA), for the dog run (to continue to be run by the MHDRA) to be relocated prior to the construction of the Coles Redevelopment Project. The MHDRA is independent of the University.

In an effort to keep active spaces open during construction, the NYC Parks Department requested a playground to be built while the area east of Coles is closed (even though it is in disrepair). The scope of the new designs and the public process is to be determined by NYC Parks Department and will require approval by the Public Design Commission (which includes Community Board review).

The construction of the Bleecker building will not be staged through the LaGuardia Community Garden.

The approvals called for staging the construction on Bleecker Street, for NYU participating in a task force to evaluate whether the Community Garden could be relocated, and if not, that NYU must take efforts to protect the garden during construction to maximize the ability for sunlight to reach the garden. 

NYU agreed to work with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC Parks Department), upon ULURP approvals, to provide funding for some improvements to the LMNOP. The scope of those improvements and the public process is to be determined by NYC Parks Department. The improvements should happen within the next 12 to 18 months (but schedule is determined by NYC Parks Department). 

The existing keyed playground within the Washington Square Village complex will be in existence until at least 2027. At that time, replacement new playgrounds will have been built and will be in operation. 

The Open Space Oversight Organization (OSOO) will be an independent 501 (c)(3). It will be put in place by the end of 2012. There will be five appointees, one each by the local Councilmember, Borough President, Community Board 2, NYC Parks Department, and NYU. The role of the OSOO is to review and comment on public open space designs, on modifications to private space designs and operations and to review reports by an Independent Monitor which will monitor compliance of maintenance and design with the Restrictive Declaration. 

Construction on the Washington Square Village block will not commence until after 2022.  

The University is prohibited by the Restrictive Declaration from conducting major construction on two different buildings at the same time. Construction can begin on a new building, once the original construction is far enough along so that it is essentially being internally fit-out. 

Please view the Square Footage "Progress Ticker" for a full listing of the facilities the University has acquired or built since 2006.



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