NYU wins dismissal of development suit

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New York University won dismissal of a suit filed by tenants in nearby rent-stabilized apartments who oppose plans to expand the school's Greenwich Village campus, after a judge said it's too early to assess the project.

The New York City Council voted in July to allow New York University to add 1.9 million square feet to the campus for classrooms, a gym and housing in the face of objections that it would change the character of the neighborhood.

Tenants of Washington Square Village, a group of high-rise apartment buildings in the area, sued the school in August, seeking a court order stopping the university from taking any action to eliminate a two-acre park in the center of the village as well as a commercial strip and a garden forming the park's boundary.

New York State Supreme Court Justice Ellen Coin denied the tenants' request for a preliminary injunction and dismissed the suit in a decision dated March 14 and posted Tuesday.

"Considering that NYU's construction project is currently in its infancy, with architectural and engineering plans not even drafted, much less finalized, this legal controversy has not fully matured and is subject to long-term gestational development and a long array of changes that may be made to the underlying plans," Coin said.

-- Bloomberg News

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