NYU plans massive expansion as enrollment grows

March 23, 2010 7:29:44 AM PDT
New York University is proposing a massive expansion over the next 20 years. The proposal calls for a new tower on Bleecker Street and 3 million square feet of new offices, dormitories and classrooms in the Greenwich Village area. It also includes a new engineering school in Brooklyn and a satellite campus on Governors Island.

The projects, which would expand NYU's physical plant by 40 percent, still need approval from city agencies.

They've already been met with concern from some neighbors and preservationists worried about overwhelming the historic area.

NYU says it needs to expand to accommodate a growing student body and compete with other universities.

The plan will be formally introduced at a series of events in April.