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The NYU Core Plan: What's Happening Now

(Taken from the NYU Space Planning Fact Sheet)

After five years of strategic planning and input from our internal and external community, NYU’s Core Project was approved by the New York City Council in late July 2012. This approval grants the University a new “zoning envelope” in which it can construct new facilities over the coming years. NYU is now turning from strategic to tactical planning, beginning with a university-wide dialogue to establish priorities for core space within this envelope.

What's Happening Now


  • Two lawsuits have been commenced by opponents of the NYU Core Plan. The first action was brought by rent-stabilized tenants residing in Washington Square Village alleging that potential changes to the courtyard located between the two Washington Square Village buildings would deprive them of required services in violation of the Rent Stabilization Law. In March 2013, the lawsuit was dismissed and a notice of appeal has been filed; since then, there has been no further activity.
  • The second lawsuit, an Article 78 proceeding, was commenced by various community groups and certain NYU faculty members to overturn the City Council’s approval of the NYU Core Plan on the grounds that the Environmental Impact Statement was deficient and that portions of the superblocks are parkland and cannot be repurposed without additional approvals and procedures. The lawsuit was argued in State Supreme Court in July 2013. A ruling was issued in January, 2014.
  • To honor commitments made during the land use review process, NYU is providing approximately 6,000 square feet of space in Washington Square Village for community use. In January 2014, a new childcare center will open in 4 WSV. The center will serve ages infant to pre-school and will be operated by a joint partnership with Creative Steps and University Settlement. In addition, Visiting Neighbors, a non-profit social service organization catering to senior citizens in the Greenwich Village community, will be moving into ground floor space in 3 WSV. The space is currently undergoing a modest renovation and is expected to be ready for occupancy before the end of the year.
  • To advance the creation and enhancement of public open space, also a land use approval commitment, NYU convened and incorporated the Open Space Operating Organization (“OSOO”) as a 501(c)3 non-profit entity. The OSOO – comprised of one member each from Community Board 2, the Borough President’s Office, local City Councilwoman’s office, Department of Parks, and NYU – is charged with providing input into the design of new open space and monitoring open space operations and maintenance. NYU has retained a landscape architect to prepare concepts for new public open space along LaGuardia Place and Bleecker and Mercer Streets. The OSOO is providing comment and feedback on the concepts currently, and as the concepts evolve into design drawings, NYU will work with the Parks Department to obtain required approvals from the Public Design Commission. The OSOO will stay involved throughout the process.
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