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Fourth Tower Fact Sheet

Fourth Tower Fact Sheet

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Published by: Eliot Brown / New York Observer on Jun 17, 2010
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NYU Will Seek Approval to Add a Fourth Tower onLandmarked University Village Site
 An Important First Step to …
NYU 2031: NYU in NYC 
is a long-term, city-wide strategy for growth that emerged from a three-year community discussion which was launched in 2006.The strategy’s three-pronged approach calls for situating half of the projected square footageoutside of the Greenwich Village neighborhood, for maximizing capacity on its existing footprint inits Greenwich Village core thus reducing pressure on the surrounding neighborhood, and seekingopportunities in the neighborhood that are aligned with agreed-upon community integratedprinciples.The strategy calls for the “Core” calls for seeking City approvals – including a Uniform Land UseReview Procedure (ULURP) – which would allow NYU to build on the two “superblocks” it owns(blocks bound by West 3
to Houston Streets, LaGuardia Place to Mercer Street).The proposal for a tower on the southern “superblock” emerged from the planning process as thebest solution to integrate a new structure into the existing I.M. Pei designed Silver Towers site. Asopposed to the original concept of building on the existing supermarket site, the proposed towerwould shift eastward thus accentuating the existing design, adding to the dynamic pinwheelarrangement, preserving the clear view corridors, framing the bust of Sylvette and anchoring thefourth corner of the tower arrangement with green space.The University Village site was landmarked with the University’s support in 2008. The landmarkedstatus requires an added level of approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) forthe proposed tower only.The LPC review will provide clarity on whether the University’s ULURP application includes abuilding on the Morton Williams site or a building on the Landmarked University Village Site.
NYU plans call for new buildings on both Superblocks, the current proposal focuses on thedeliberation around the University Village/Pei-designed towers and site (outlined in solid purpleline below). The landmark boundary is outlined with the dotted purple line.
NYU’s Preferred Strategy:
To not build on the supermarket site, but instead to shift the building tothe east onto the Landmarked Site
In 2001, when NYU purchased the supermarket, the intention was to secure the site and have theoption to develop it over time. There exists an “as-of-right” option for the site that allows addingbulk/square footage to that corner at a future date (2021), even absent a larger ULURP.However, through the 2031 planning effort, a group of designers (including landscape) helped theUniversity to approach the “superblocks” more strategically and holistically, leading to thepreferred strategy to seek approvals from LPC to—instead of building on the corner supermarketsite—shift the building to the east and integrate a new tower onto the landmarked site.
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The proposed tower design best accentuates existing design adding to the dynamic pinwheelarrangement, keeping the clear view corridors, frames the bust of Sylvette, and builds on theasymmetrical facades which provide a rhythm and counter balance. This design also, importantly,allows a new green space to be created on the northwest corner of the site – completing, in asense, the “tower in the park” concept. The supermarket would be replaced within one of thenew development sites (most likely where the existing gym facility is).
(Requires Landmarks Commission Approval)

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