A judge tossed a lawsuit on Tuesday that sought to block New York University’s ambitious expansion plan to add 1.9 million square feet of new classroom and office space to its Greenwich Village campus.
Rent stabilized tenants in some NYU-owned buildings that abut the project objected to the fact that the $5 billion expansion was encroaching upon lawns that have served their housing complex as an internal park.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Ellen Coin refused to block construction pending a resolution of the tenants’ issues, and dismissed their case.
Coin said the tenants, who are arguing that NYU is cutting services to them by eliminating ‘parkland,’ first have to appeal to state housing officials.
Lynne Browne, NYU’s senior vice president for university relations, said school officials were “very pleased” with the decision, and noted the 20-year expansion proposal was approved by the city after a long public review process.
The main opposition to NYU’s plans come from 11 community groups who argue in a separate case filed last year that the city wrongfully approved the plan by not first getting permission from the state legislature to take parkland away from the public.
NYU and the city contend that parcels in question are not real parks. That case will be argued April 26 before a different judge in Manhattan Supreme Court.
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