New York State’s highest court has rejected a challenge to New York University’s planned expansion in Greenwich Village, clearing the way for the controversial project to go forward.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday that just because “a portion of the public may have believed that these parcels are permanent parkland does not warrant a contrary result.” Critics of the project, which will add roughly two million square feet to the college campus, have called it a misuse of public land. The New York City Council approved the project in 2012.
A college spokesman, John Beckman, told the newspaper, “We look forward to moving ahead with the project, which is vital to meeting NYU’s pressing academic-space needs.”
Correction (6/30/2015, 6:04 p.m.): This post originally mischaracterized an aspect of NYU’s plan. The expansion involves land in Greenwich Village that the university has owned for years, not newly acquired land. The post has been updated to reflect this correction.