Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Community Board 2 Announces NYU 2031 Hearings

NYU 2031 CORE pre-certification application (source)
Community Board 2 has released calendar information about meetings related to the NYU 20 Year Expansion Plan (or NYU 2031).  Below is an excerpt from the notice written by CB2 chair Brad Hoylman.  CB2 has a dedicated webpage for NYU 2031 at http://www.nyc.gov/html/mancb2/html/nyu_2031/nyu_2031.shtml.
Community Board 2 will begin its public review of NYU’s campus expansion proposal (known as NYU 2031) next month.

A copy of NYU’s pre-certification application is available for download now by clicking here and here. (Note that these are large files.)

CAAN, the Community Action Alliance on NYU 2031, will be hosting a Community United Town Hall on the NYU proposals, along with the Greenwich Village Block Associations and Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, on Wednesday, January 4 at 6:30 p.m. at AIA Center for Architecture, Tafel Hall (downstairs), 536 LaGuardia Place, between West 3rd Street and Bleecker Street.

CB 2 will be holding five public hearings throughout the month on topics in connection with the NYU proposal, at which the public is invited to attend, ask questions and submit testimony. The preliminary schedule is as follows. Please save these dates:

1. Monday, January 9: Land Use & Business Development: NYU will present its overall proposal.

2. Tuesday, January 10: Traffic & Transportation: What are the implications of the NYU plan on traffic, pedestrian uses and mass transit?

3. Thursday, January 12: Parks, Recreation & Open Space. How does the NYU plan impact public open space?

4. Tuesday, January 17: Social Services & Education. Does the community support adding a public school to the superblocks and what are the plans for such a school?

5. Wednesday, January 18: Environment, Public Safety & Public Health: Will NYU’s proposal affect local environmental conditions?

This schedule is subject to change based on the date that NYU’s proposal is certified by the Department of City Planning.

The goal of CB 2 holding multiple hearings is to maximize public input on specific issue areas for this large and complex proposal. Additional opportunities for public input will be available in February, as well. Based on this preliminary schedule, CB 2’s NYU Working Group, which will write the overall resolution on the NYU proposal, will submit its formal recommendation to the full Community Board on February 16, 2012.

We urge you and your neighbors to attend the Community United Town Hall and as many of these hearings as possible and participate in this very important public review process.

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