CURRENT TASK FORCE DISCUSSIONS
 


Plan 2031:  NYU in NYC - Growth Plan


Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, Machado and Silvetti
Associates, LLC


Provincetown Playhouse Model, Architect Morris Adjmi


Forbes Building
Photographer
Leif Knutsen

With the submission of a Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) on the Super Blocks in the NYU Campus Core, the Task Force agreed on July 6th, 2010 to convene on a quarterly basis, allowing its members, the majority of whom are connected to this particular application, either in their "official" capacities in elected and appointed positions or representing groups within the affected ULURP area, to be fully engaged in that due process.  Until this stage is completed, the Task Force will entertain discussions on macro matters, such as remote site planning, new site opportunities, city-wide impacts, etc.  A date for the next meeting has not been set at this time.

The Task Force received a response from NYU on the March 25th Report.  Here is NYU's Summary Response.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 9:00 A.M. NYU Task Force, at 1 Centre St, 19th floor. The discussion centered on several options and possible configurations for the 4th tower that is in NYU’s Superblocks plan.  Though intended as a preliminary and confidential discussion, details were leaked to the press.  Read The Villager coverage here.

Provincetown Playhouse Restoration and Signage  On April 27, 2010, Alicia Hurley requested comment regarding the exterior signage for the Provincetown Playhouse site.  Please visit the Project Approvals page for details regarding signage and Task Force discussions earlier this year regarding interior restorations.

On Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 - NYU presented the `2031' Expansion Plan at a Public Open House,  from 5:30 to 8 P.M. at the Kimmel Center at 60 Washington Square South, 10th floor and launched a new website. NYU 2031: NYU in NYC that details the presentations.

A full report was released on March 25th at 11:00 a.m. in a  news conference convened by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, with Lynne Brown, Senior Vice President for New York University Relations and Public Affairs. 

Throughout December 2009, January and February 2010 the Community Task Force members have organized in sub-committees to evaluate TF progress and to define and refine its oversight process.  The Sub-Committees addressed:  Core & Neighborhood, Process, Remote Sites and Sustainability & Amenities.

In December NYU presented a Milestones Report outlining the planning efforts since the inception of the TF in 2006, from initial expectations, to concepts presented by their design team, to the open houses and public comments. NYU announced the purchase of the Forbes Building in January.

During 2009 the Task Force met regarding issues with as-of-right projects: the Provincetown Playhouse site which was the subject of a February 2nd letter regarding the restoration of the theater. The Center for Academic and Spiritual Life ,at 56-58 Washington Square South, was the subject of a Community Board #2 Institutions Committee resolution in June 2009 , an October Zoning Committee resolution and a Parks Committee Resolution.  On February 9th, 2010 the variance was granted at the Board of Standards and Appeals. 

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Task Force Governance, as adopted in 2006

• The Task Force will be established by and led by those representing the residential stakeholders.

• The Task Force will concentrate its efforts on problems related to areas where NYU currently has the greatest physical presence and in areas where it is immediately expanding. This will include the eastern portions of Community Boards 2 and western portion of Community Board 3.
 
• The Task Force is not expected to be a voting body, but an advisory one where decisions will be made on the basis of consensus.

• The Task Force can have subcommittees to address individual locations or topics as needed.

• If specific issues come up in areas not represented or underrepresented, additional stakeholders will be invited to participate including but not limited to block associations, elected representatives, BIDs, and community based organizations.

• The Task Force will either have public meetings on a regular basis or create a method for public reporting and receiving public feedback.
 

 

 

Market by Market Communications, Zella Jones, Principal

 
Last Update:   July 13, 2010