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New York University Planning to Expand

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New York University is planning a massive expansion that will unfold over the next 20 years.

According to an individual familiar with the plans, the expansion calls for a new tower at Bleecker Street next to the Silver Towers as well as buildings on Governors Island and in Brooklyn.

The university says it needs 6 million square feet of additional space--the equivalent of three Empire State Buildings--in order to house its increasingly residential population and to bring its academic facilities on par with other elite institutions.

On April 8th, NYU President John Sexton will host a reception to announce the formal proposal. It will then begin the land-use review process, which will require review by the City Council, Landmarks Preservation Commission and City Planning Commission. Preservations have been expressing concerns about the plan's impact on the surrounding neighborhood.

NYU spokesman John Beckman would not confirm details. But he said in a statement that the university decided to develop as much space outside of its Greenwich Village core as inside of it, as a result of community input.