Natural History Museum gets court clearance for $383M expansion

Critics said the museum should be required to go through ULURP

New York /
Apr.April 22, 2019 11:00 AM
A rendering of the Richard Gilder Center for Science (Credit: AMNH) 

A rendering of the Richard Gilder Center for Science (Credit: AMNH)

The effort to stop construction on a new educational center at the American Museum of Natural History has likely come to an end.

The New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division has dismissed an appeal to reverse an earlier court ruling that cleared the museum to start work on its $383 million Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation, located within Theodore Roosevelt Park, according to Curbed.

The Community United to Protect Theodore Roosevelt Park filed the legal challenge, arguing that the city approved plans to build the center on parkland based on a misinterpretation of the law and that the museum should have to go through the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure. But the appeals court was not persuaded by these arguments and sided with the museum.

Work on clearing trees to make way for the project has already started, and museum spokesperson Scott Rohan told Curbed they are eager to move past the legal battle and break ground on the center.

“The Gilder Center will be a major new resource for science education for all New Yorkers and visitors from around the world,” he said, “and we are extremely pleased that we can now turn our attention to proceeding with the project.” [Curbed] – Eddie Small


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
These are the tallest towers underway in NYC
These are the tallest towers underway
in NYC
These are the tallest towers underway
in NYC
A new competition asks what would houses on Mars look like (Credit: Getty Images, Pixabay)
Architecture’s final frontier: Here’s what houses on Mars might look like
Architecture’s final frontier: Here’s what houses on Mars might look like
Housing, Collapse
Housing starts collapse under inflation, high rates
Housing starts collapse under inflation, high rates
From left: John Perez, Christian Amato and Nathalia Fernandez in front of Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx (Getty Images, JacobiPeds.org, ChristianAmato.com, John Perez)
Candidates back affordable housing, but not in their back yard
Candidates back affordable housing, but not in their back yard
Arlington Village at 3100-3124 Atlantic Avenue in East New York, Brooklyn (Google Maps, Getty)
Developing in downtrodden areas gets dicey
Developing in downtrodden areas gets dicey
800 East Main Street and AMS Acquisitions' Avi Abadie (Town of Yorktown, LinkedIn)
Luxury senior housing proposed for vacant Westchester office
Luxury senior housing proposed for vacant Westchester office
427 Broadway and Robert Frey (HGetty, THCNYC)
Former Vegas club owner bringing cannabis museum to SoHo
Former Vegas club owner bringing cannabis museum to SoHo
D&F Development Group’s Peter Florey and the development site at the northwest corner of Pulaski and Elwood Roads in East Northport (D&F Development Group, Google Maps)
Four decades in making, East Northport project clears key hurdle
Four decades in making, East Northport project clears key hurdle
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...