NYU will establish an Open Space Oversight Organization (OSOO), a 501 (c) (3) organization. The OSOO will review and comment on the design, maintenance, and operation of the public open spaces on the superblocks, as well as reviewing NYU's compliance with commitments it has made for these spaces.
Updated 8/11/15: After input from CB2 and the OSOO, the designs for both the Bleecker and LaGuardia Landscapes are expected to be reviewed by the Public Design Commission in early October.
Updated 2/12/14: OSOO members held two stakeholder meetings and one public forum in November 2013. OSOO members also attended a meeting in mid December to present a set of recommendations based upon those meetings to the landscape architects.
Updated 6/5/13: New York State confirmed the OSOO's not-for-profit 501(c)(3) status, and the group held an organizational meeting on May 1, 2013.
NYU will enter into a maintenance and operations agreement ("license agreement") with the Department of Parks and Recreation for the maintenance and operations obligations for the public open spaces on the superblocks, prior to their being mapped as parkland.
Updated 8/11/15: The license agreement is currently being finalized.
Updated 12/29/13: Maintenance agreement on hold pending court challenge.
Updated 7/1/13: Drafting terms are underway between NYU and DPR.
NYU will post a letter of credit with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation to ensure that maintenance funds are available for the public spaces bordering NYU property on the superblocks.
Updated 9/16/15: The budget is being developed for the open spaces. The letter of credit will be posted for 150% of the approved budget.
NYU will create an endowment fund, managed by the University, for the maintenance of any new privately owned public open spaces constructed on the superblocks.
Updated 9/16/15: In process.
Updated 12/24/12: Funding has been identified for the endowment.
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.
The NYC School Construction Authority has the option to build a school which would be incorporated into the Bleecker Building. The SCA must provide NYU with notice of intent to build a school by December 31, 2014, and commence construction by July 1, 2018. NYU will provide the SCA with annual updates regarding NYU's anticipated construction schedule until the SCA's construction window has elapsed.
Updated 12/2014: NYU sent third annual update letter.
NYU will make a contribution of $350,000 (adjusted for inflation) to NYC Department of Parks and Recreation for improvements at the LMNOP or Washington Square Park playgrounds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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