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NYU to raze Greenwich Village dog run to redevelop gym site

University plans to build more classrooms, dorms and a new gym and theatre

March 05, 2014 06:15PM

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Rendering of new facility at Coles gym site

Rendering of new Coles gym site

New York University won’t be sparing Greenwich Village’s most fiercely protected dog run in its expansion of the school’s facilities.

Although a ruling from the Manhattan Supreme Court requires NYU to get additional approval for parts of the planned development — which industry watchers estimate will cost $6 billion to complete – the decision upheld the school’s right to flatten the dog run.

A working group of students, faculty and administrators concluded that utilizing NYU property for the project would be less expensive than building elsewhere. The group also identified the current Coles Sports Center at Houston and Mercer streets as the most-suitable location for the redevelopment.

The group issued a report this week endorsing the construction of 80 classrooms and 500 dorm rooms for freshman at the site, as well as a new gym and performance space, DNAinfo reported.

To appease riled dog-loving residents, NYU has proposed to build a public garden, and possibly a new dog run, on the other side of the development. [DNAinfo] – Angela Hunt

  • Nyu greed

    NYU school of destruction! BS and that doesn’t stand for bachelor of science. Giving the dog run space on a current children’s playground considerably smaller than the current run is not a fair trade, it is just another BS marketing scheme by NYU. After promising something that NYU had no right to promise to those who made decisions for the dog run, a move to space in the Time Garden space on the corner of laguardia and Houston a move that could never have taken place, they are “giving” ha ha ha space adjacent right in the middle of the proposed construction zone, directly below silver tower apartments. So let’s see how long that will last. Not only because of the dirt and dust and nails and extreme noise from being in the middle if the construction zone, but even after the disgusting zipper building is finished and the dirt and rats have moved to the next NYU destruction, we all know that NYU is going to break their promise as they have done for years and years and lock the gates of the so called new dog run, because of the dogs barking. And Just so there is no confusion the space where the dog run is now, does not belong to NYU. nYU does not pay property tax for that land. It is public property, used as park lands for more than 30 years. NYU did pay to pave the run a number of years ago, but so what! Dies that mean if I pay to pave a section of Washington square park, then I own it for free. This is just a land grab. Nyu is nothing but a bully real estate company. Shameful.

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