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. Read about the progress of individual commitments in this category below.
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Construction Mitigation Plans
Overview: NYU will prepare construction mitigation plans for each new building on the superblocks. Construction mitigation plans will include construction-related environmental commitments such as diesel emission reduction measures, a dust control plan, construction noise reduction measures, construction vibration monitoring measures, a construction dewatering plan, a pest management plan, a hazardous materials removal plan, and a historic resources protection plan. NYU will collaborate with various city and state agencieson this project. For further reference, please review Restrictive Declaration section 4, pages24 - 41 and Construction Mitigation FAQ for the Paulson Center.
Current Status: Construction mitigation plans were used for the Paulson Center project and may be updated for different construction phases during the project. Please consult the Construction Mitigation FAQ for more information.
Construction Noise Mitigation Plans (Window/AC/PTAC Replacement)
Overview: Prior to the start of construction, NYU provided sound-attenuating windows (either new windows or secondary storm windows) and new air conditioners or air conditioner covers for NYU buildings on the superblock site and non-NYU buildings on the periphery of the project site, depending on their determination of significant impact as included in the NYU Core Final Environmental Impact Statement. For further reference, please review Restrictive Declaration section 4.4(e), page 57.
Current Status: New window and AC or PTAC installation is complete at both WSV and Silver Towers. Off-site noise mitigation for buildings on the periphery of the Paulson Center is complete.
Overview: NYU will meet noise attenuation requirements for new buildings, including 181 Mercer Street. Noise attenuation involves installing Outdoor-Indoor Transmission Classrated glass on the new building facades. Noise attenuation requirements for are included in Restrictive Declaration section 4.2 (b), pages 42-43.
Current Status: Noise attenuation planning is part of the design and construction due diligence process for 181 Mercer Street.
Traffic Mitigation at Project Completion
Overview: In consultation with the NYC Department of Transportation, NYU will be responsible for the implementation of any required traffic mitigation measures. For the Paulson Center, traffic mitigation measures include improving the intersection approach at Bleecker and Mercer Streets. For further reference, please review Restrictive Declaration section 4.4 (d), page 56 and section 4.4 (c).
Current Status: The identified traffic mitigation for the Paulson Center is complete.
Traffic Monitoring Plan
Overview: Due to the potential for transportation conditions to change over time, NYU willconduct a Traffic Monitoring Program to determine the need for and any adjustments to transportation-related mitigation measures. NYU will collaborate with the Department ofTransportation on this project. For further reference, please review Restrictive Declaration, section 4.4 ( c) (iii) page 54.
Current Status: Traffic monitoring will occur after the completion and occupancy of the LaGuardia Building
Overview: The Restrictive Declaration requires that prior to the issuance of the temporary certificate of occupancy (TCO) for the Paulson Center, NYU undertake a study of the volume of pedestrian usage at the Broadway/Lafayette subway station to determine if the stairs should be widened based on an anticipated usage increase. The Department of City Planning in consultation with New York City Transit will use the study to determine if widening the stairs is necessary. Restrictive Declaration section 4.4(d), page 56 for further reference.
Current Status: A transit stair analysis, which is available upon request, was completed in 2018 in consultation with City Planning. The analysis concluded that anticipated pedestrian volumes would not result in an adverse impact to the stairs and that widening is not warranted.
Historic Resource Protection Measures
Overview: NYU will consult with the State Historic Preservation Office regarding aspects of the new construction on the north block, including: 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. For further reference, please review Restrictive Declaration section 4.1(j), page 42.
Current Status: This project will be part of the design/construction due diligence process related to the Paulson Center and LaGuardia buildings.
Overview: 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 on the superblocks as denoted in the Final Environmental Impact Statement Figure 7-1A (see page 11 of Chapter 7 in the FEIS). NYU will also collaborate with the State Historic Preservation Commission on this project on the north block. For further reference please review the Restrictive Declaration, section 4 (h) page 36.
Current Status: An area with moderate to high historic period archaeological sensitivity has been identified adjacent to the Bleecker Building development site (sensitive areas were not found in the vicinity of the Paulson Center). As part of pre-construction duediligence for the Bleecker Building, NYU will consult with the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission.
Maintenance and Protection of Traffic
Overview: NYU will prepare a Maintenance and Protection of Traffic (MPT) Plan and provide diagrams of proposed temporary curb lane and sidewalk closures for the Paulson Center project, including the duration of closures, the sidewalk protection measures to be installed for pedestrians, and other MPT items. The Department of Transportation will review and approve NYU’s MPT for the Paulson Center project. For further reference, please refer to Restrictive Declaration, section 4.1(i), page 41.
Current Status: MPT plans for the Paulson Center project were approved by DOT.