St. Ann’s facade.
Community Board 2 passed a resolution last night urging N.Y.U. to establish satellite campuses throughout the city, instead of concentrating the bulk of its facilities in the East and West Villages. Additionally, the resolution extends an opportunity to N.Y.U. to present the board with its long-term land-development plan.
Spurned on by the Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation and the destruction of St. Ann’s Church on East 12th Street at Fourth Avenue–where a 26-story N.Y.U. dorm tower will soon likely be built (which will be the East Village’s tallest building)–the board’s trying to have more influence with the academic behemoth. According to board members at the meeting, N.Y.U. has promised regular updates throughout the years regarding its developments, yet claims its long-term plan is not complete enough to share with the board.
One board member said at the meeting: “If they can give someone a college education in four years, why can’t they develop their plan?”