Greenwich Village the Focus of Two Large Redevelopment Plans

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On January 23, 2012, the City Planning Commission unanimously approved the Rudin family’s controversial plan for the redevelopment of the former St. Vincent’s Hospital campus.  Click here to see our previous blog item from September 20, 2011, which provides details on the project.  Some opponents of the plan argue that the proposal is out of scale and too dense, would create traffic, and should incorporate affordable housing, and that the site should be redeveloped with a new full service hospital.  However, despite the opposition, the City Planning Commission determined that the project would revitalize and reactivate the neighborhood.  The City Council has until March 12, 2012 to review the plan.

While the Rudin redevelopment plan moves towards the completion of ULURP (Uniform Land Use Review Procedure), NYU’s campus expansion/redevelopment plan (a/k/a NYU Core) enters into ULURP and the public review process.  On January 3, 2012, the City Planning Commission certified NYU’s proposal to expand its academic core in Greenwich Village.  According to NYU’s application, the plan includes, among other things: (i) two new buildings which will contain a mix of academic, dormitory, faculty housing, retail, hotel and school uses, (ii) two new buildings with below grade space that will contain academic use, and (iii) new publicly accessible open space.  In addition, a rezoning is also proposed to allow for the expansion of retail uses in the area.  It is anticipated that the project will take 19 years to complete and would contain a total gross floor area of 2,374,000 square feet.

According to NYU, the plan would accommodate NYU’s long-term need for additional facilities at its core campus near Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village.  To facilitate the project, NYU submitted multiple applications to City Planning, including a request to rezone two superblocks bounded by West 3rd Street, Houston Street, LaGuardia Place and Mercer Street, to demap portions of Mercer Street and LaGuardia Place, and for special permits to waive height and setback regulations.  The plan will now be reviewed by Manhattan Community Board 2.

Both of these projects will have major long-term impacts on the Greenwich Village area.  In the coming months we will keep you apprised of new developments involving these projects.

 

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