On March 25, 2010, the Community Task Force on NYU Development, chaired by Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer, released a report that outlines a set of community priorities for the proposed expansion of New York University (NYU).
Since 2007, the Task Force has brought together community stakeholders and elected officials, including Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, in a concerted effort to review and guide NYU’s proposed expansion through 2031 and to mitigate any potential impacts to the neighborhood. One such commitment that NYU has made encompasses the space for a 600-seat, K-5 public elementary school.
“On the one hand, you’ve got a top institution with one of the most ambitious expansion plans of any university in the country. On the other, you’ve got one of America’s most famous neighborhoods,” explained Stringer. “Today, against all odds, the hard work of the Task Force has created the foundation for productive dialogue going forward. That’s a remarkable and important achievement and bodes well for New York’s future.”
“It is important to recognize NYU’s tremendous contributions as a national university in the heart of our city, while also insisting on a fair, respectful approach toward the communities in which this expanding institution operates and participates,” said Kavanagh. “The Task Force’s recommendations will help foster such an approach, and I look forward to continuing to work with the Borough President, the university, and the community as this significant conversation continues.”