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Washington Square Village Community Facility SpaceNYU will make 6,000 square feet of community facilty space available in WSV 4, to be used for daycare and pre-K programs and managed by Creative Steps/University Settlement. In addition, based on community input and guidance from Council Member Margaret Chin, another 900 square feet of community facility space will be provided in WSV 3. This space will be used by Visiting Neighbors, who provides outreach programs for seniors in Lower Manhattan.Updated 1/15/14: The Creative Steps Early Child Care Center is in operation. Several classes have begun and enrollment is ongoing. Visiting Neighbors is open and serving clients from their new office space. Meeting and activity space has also been provided for the WSV Tenants Association. Additionally, a large ground floor studio has been retrofitted for use as playspace for tenant families.

Updated 8/15/13: Construction has begun in both locations. Work is expected to be complete by late fall 2014.
The daycare is expected to open in January, 2014. Visiting Neighbors is expected to move into their space by December, 2014.N/Ahttp://bit.ly/1ev08LUNYU Letter to Council Member Margaret Chin, Sept 2014
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Zipper Building Community Facility NYU will make approximately 7,500 square feet of community facility space on the ground floor level of the Zipper Building, accessible to pedestrians from the Greene Street Walkway, an outdoor feature to be created as part of the construction.N/ATo be part of the design/construction due diligence process related to the Zipper Building.N/ANYU Letter to Council Member Margaret Chin, July 2012; Restrictive Declaration ("Dec.") 6.1(b), p. 80
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Mercer-Houston Dog Run RelocationNYU will relocate the existing dog run managed by the Mercer-Houston Dog Run Association ("MHDRA") to an area of comparable size west of the Zipper Buildingon the Silver Towers block (the current location of Rocketship Park). Updated 12/29/13: NYU and MHDRA have agreed to terms and conditions regarding the new dog run location; a formal agreement will be signed prior to the move.

Updated 10/15/13: NYU and MHDRA currently working through agreement term sheet; which is expected to be finalized by December 2013.
Construction of the dog run will be complete prior to the demolition of Coles Gym. An agreement between NYU and MHDRA memorializing the move to the new site is expected to be complete by December 2013. The Landmark Preservation Commission ("LPC") approved the plan for New Landscape Improvements on the Silver Towers block in July 2011. Prior to construction of the dog run, LPC staff must approve final plans. Restrictive Dec. sec 6.1, page 79
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LaGuardia Corner Gardens Task Force12 months prior to the construction of the Bleecker Building, the City Planning Commission will convene a Task Force to determine if there is a feasible permanent relocation site for the LaGuardia Corner Gardens within Community Board 2. NYU will be reponsible for the garden's relocation costs.N/AThe Department of City Planning must convene the Task Force 12 months prior to the construction of the Bleecker Building. The Task Force will have 6 months to identify a relocation site.Task Force and representatives of the LaGuardia Corner Gardens must agree on a relocation site.Restrictive Dec, section 4.4 (a)(i)(A), page 53
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LaGuardia Corner Gardens Protection Plan and FundIf the Department of City Planning does not identify a permanent relocation site for the Garden, NYU and DCP will formulate a Garden Protection Plan. Best practices for avoiding impacts to the Garden during the Bleecker Building's construction may include temporarily relocating the Garden, protecting the space during construction, or temporarily closing it. In all of these instances, NYU would pay for the garden's reconstruction and establish a fund ("Garden Viability Fund") to increase plants' viability post construction.The Garden Protection Plan would be formulated prior to construction of the Bleecker Building and implemented during and after construction of the Bleecker Building.The plan would need approval by the LaGuardia Corner gardeners and City Planning.Restrictive Dec, section 4.4(g) page 62; and RD, section 44 (a) (i) (B), page 54
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Sasaki Garden Site ImprovementsNYU will make the Sasaki Garden more accessible to the public and increase public awarenes of the Garden by posting wayfinding signage.Updated 9/15/13: The legal challenge which had put garden access on hold has been remanded to the NYS Dept of Housing and Community Renewal for further decision.This commitment, made by NYU to Council Member Chin in July 2012, was scheduled to be complete within a year following the approvals. However, it has been put on hold pending the outcome of litigation related to public use of the garden.N/ANYU Letter to Council Member Margaret Chin, July 2012.
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Bleecker Street Seating Area Site ImprovementsNYU will work with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation to improve the public seating area on Bleecker Street between Mercer and LaGuardia, an area referred to as the "Bleecker Street Seating Area."Updated 1/15/14 - A landscape design for this open space is being shaped in collaboration with DPR and OSOO. OSOO-led stakeholder meetings and one public forum were held in November 2013 to gather community input and feedback on design guidelines.

Updated 7/1/13 - Design guidelines and goals being shaped in collaboration with DPR and OSOO
An immediate action item post ULURP approval. Timing is subject to obtaining all required City approvals. Department of Parks and Recreation, and potentially the Public Design Commission, to decide on general scope of improvements and public input process.NYU Letter to Council Member Margaret Chin and Restrictive Dec. sec 6.1, page 79
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Open Space Oversight CommitteeNYU will establish an Open Space Oversight Organization ("OSOO"). The OSOO, a 501 (c ) (3) organization, will review and comment on the design, maintenance, and operation of the public open spaces on the superblocks, as well as reviewing NYU's compliance with commitments it has made for these spaces. 2/25/14: NYU sent an update to OSOO members, inlcuding minutes from the December 18th meeting.

2/12/14: OSOO members held two stakeholder meetings and one public forum in November 2013. OSOO members also attended a meeting on December 18th to debrief from these meetings with the landscape architects.

9/13/13: OSOO members met on September 12, 2013 and established a public input process and timeline for advancing the design process. In addition, OSOO members requested a three-month extension of the proposed September 15, 2013 date to December 15, 2013 to ensure a thorough response to NYU on the open space concepts.

9/12/13: Following the June 17th site visit, NYU provided the OSOO with initial design concepts on July 1, 2013 for areas along LaGuardia Place, Bleecker Street, and Mercer Street. The University asked that OSOO members  review the concepts with their constituencies and provide written feedback, based on their constituent interactions, by September 15, 2013 to advance the design process.

6/14/13: OSOO members toured the open space areas of the superblock sites with Napach Design Group and Nina Kramer Landscape Architects. Areas for consideration were identified and discussed.
The OSOO is to be created by December 2012.Five representatives will comprise the OSOO: one each from the Manhattan Borough President's Office; Council Member Chin's office; CB 2; Dept of Parks and Recreation; and NYU.http://www.nyu.edu/community/nyu-in-nyc/core-plan-commitments/documents-and-downloads.htmlRestrictive Dec, sec 7.3 (a), page 91
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Public Space Maintenance and Operations AgreementNYU will enter into a maintenance and operations agreement ("M and O Agreement") with the Department of Parks and Recreation for the maintenance and operations obligations for the public open spaces on the superblocks, prior to their being mapped as parkland.Updated 12/29/13: Maintenance agreement on hold pending court challenge.

Updated 7/1/13 - Drafting terms underway between NYU and DPR
Pending an agreement with NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. Department of Parks and RecreationRestrictive Dec, sec 6 (c )(i), page 74; also Exhibit I to the Restrictive Dec
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Public Space Maintenance Letter of CreditNYU will post a letter of credit with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation to ensure that maintenance funds are available for the public spaces bordering NYU property on the superblocks.Prior to the opening of new park spaces. Department of Parks and RecreationRestrictive Dec, sec 6 (c)(i), p.74
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Public Space EndowmentNYU will create an endowment fund, managed by the University, for the maintenance of any new privately owned public open spaces constructed on the Superblocks.Updated 12/24/12 -- Funding identified for endowmentPrior to the completion of new public open spaces.N/ANYU Letter to Council Member Margaret Chin, July 2012
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Mercer Street Plaza No-Build AgreementPer the ULURP approvals and as memorialized in the Mapping Agreement, the plaza on the west side of Mercer Street between W 3rd and W 4th Sts (the "CoGen Plaza") shall be used as permanent landscaped open space in perpetuity.Updated 1/14/15: The mapping agreement is on hold pending a court challenge. To be enacted when the deeds are filed in connection with the sale of below grade space associated with the cogen plant. N/AAs stated in the ULURP approvals and as a requirement of the Mapping Agreement.
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Landscape Improvements Compliance ReportNYU will hire an architect, landscape architect, or engineer to inspect new landscape improvements and confirm that NYU has met its obligations according to the Restrictive Declaration. The landscape inspector will issue an annual compliance report, submitting a draft report to the OSOO for comment before it is finalized. Compliance reports will be issued annually. The first will be issued no later than June 30th of the year following that year in which the first permanent landscape improvement is completed.The report's format must be approved by the director of City Planning. The final report will be submitted to the Chair of the City Planning Commission and the Commissioner of the Department of Parks and Recreation.Restrictive Dec. sec 7.3(b), page 92
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Willow Oak Tree Maintenance PlanNYU will establish a Tree Maintenance Plan for the Willow Oak grove adjacent to Bleecker Street on the southern superblock.Update 9/15/2013: The oak grove tree maintenance plan was implemented by NYU in June and July 2013.Prior to construction of the Zipper Building. To be developed in consultation with Department of Parks and Recreation.Restrictive Dec. sec 4.2(c), page 43
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LaGuardia Temporary PlaygroundNYU will work with NYC Department of Parks and Recreation to construct a temporary playground on the southern part of the LaGuardia Plaza between Bleecker and W 3rd Streets.Updated 1/15/14 - A landscape design for this open space is being shaped in collaboration with DPR and OSOO. OSOO-led stakeholder meetings and one public forum were held in November 2013 to gather community input and feedback on design guidelines.

Updated 7/1/13 - Design guidelines and goals being shaped in collaboration with DPR and OSOO

Immediately after ULURP approval, with timing also subject to the obtaining of all required City approvals.The general scope, design, and oversight of public approvals process will go through the Deptartment of Parks and Recreation. The Public Design Commission will review the final design.Restrictive Dec. sec 6.1, page 79
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Public School The NYC School Construction Authority has the option to build a school which would be incorporated into the Bleecker Building. The SCA must provide NYU with notice of intent to build a school by December 31, 2014, and commence construction by July 1, 2018. NYU will provide the SCA with annual updates regarding NYU's anticipated construction schedule until the SCA's construction window has elapsed.Updated 12/24/12: NYU sent their first annual update letter to the SCA on December 21, 2012.Timing: The SCA has until December 31, 2014, to provide
notice of their intent to build a school. NYU's annual update will be
provided by Dec 31st of each year until the time that the SCA's option
to build the school has elapsed.
Department of City Planning and School Construction Authority/content/dam/nyu/govCommunAffairs/documents/nyu-in-nyc/superblocks-commitments/2012-12-20-NYU-Annual-Update-Letter-to-SCA.pdfRestrictive Dec. sec 5.3, page 71; and, Restrictive Dec, sec 6.2(b), page 83
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Transit Mitigation NYU will conduct a study prior to construction of the Zipper and Mercer Buildings to determine the necessity of widening stairs at the Broadway/Lafayette and W 4th Street subway stations. If the stairs must be widened, the work will be completed prior to the issuance of the temporary certificates of occupancy for the Zipper Building (for Broadway/Lafayette) and Mercer Building (for W 4th Street).To be part of the design/construction due diligence process related to the Zipper Building.The Transit Authority and the Department of City PlanningRestrictive Dec. sec 4.4(d), page 56
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Financial Contribution for Playground EnhancementsNYU will make a contribution of $350,000 (adjusted for inflation) to NYC Department of Parks and Recreation for improvements at the LMNOP or Washington Square Park playgrounds.Prior to the receipt of a building permit for the LaGuardia Building. Department of Parks and RecreationRestrictive Dec. sec 4.4(f)(i), page 60
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Archaeological InvestigationNYU will undertake a Phase 1B archaeological investigation in consultation with the Landmarks Preservation Commission to determine the presence of archaeological resources that may exist in areas as denoted in the FEIS Figure 7-1A on the superblocks.Prior to construcution in archaeologically sensitive areas.The Landmarks Preservation Commission and the State Historic Preservation Commission (as defined in the FEIS, Figure 7-1A)Restrictive Dec, sec 4 (h) page 36
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Historic Resource Protection Measures NYU will consult with the State Historic Preservation Office regarding aspects of the new construction, preparing a Level II HABS documentation of Washington Square Village; a Construction Protection Plan for certain adjacent buildings; and historic plaques and markers in the former Sasaki Garden.To be part of the design/construction due diligence process for buildings on the North Block prior to construction.New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic PreservationRestrictive Dec. sect 4.4(b), page 54 (Exhibit E - LOR with SHPO)
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Mature Tree Protection Plans: Mercer Street and LaGuardia PlaceTo the extent practical, NYU will endeavor to protect mature trees in close proximity to construction. NYU will create Mature Tree Protection Plans for two construction staging areas -- on Mercer Street between Bleecker Street and West 3rd Street, and on LaGuardia Street between Bleecker Street and West 3rd Street.To be part of the design/construction due diligence process related to the Mercer and LaGuardia buildings.N/ARestrictive Dec. sec 4.1(j), page 42
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Seasonal Playground AssociateNYU will fund a seasonal playground associate for Washington Square Park to offset the potential increase in park users during construction of the LaGuardia Building on the north superblock.To be part of the design/construction due diligence process related to LaGuardia building. Department of Parks and RecreationDec. 4.4(f)(ii), p. 61
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Independent Construction MonitorWith the consent of the Department of City Planning, NYU will hire a third-party construction monitor to oversee the implementation and performance of NYU's commitments and project components related to mitigation, monitoring, and the environment.Prior to the start of construction, subject to approval by City Planning. Department of City PlanningRestrictive Dec. sec 4.8, page 64
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Construction Committee LiaisonNYU will designate a liaison to work with a "construction committee" to be set up by the Manhattan Borough President and/or Community Board. The construction committee liaison will address questions and concerns raised by the committee in a timely fashion.Prior to NYU obtaining the first building permit for a new building.Manhattan Borough President or CB2Restrictive Dec. sec 6(f), page 79
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Noise MitigationPrior to the start of construction, NYU will provide sound attenuating windows (either new windows or secondary storm windows) and new air conditioners or air conditioner covers for NYU buildings on the superblock site and non-NYU buildings on the periphery of the project site depending on their proximity to the zone of impact.http://www.nyu.edu/content/dam/nyu/govCommunAffairs/images/superblocks/commitments/NYU-Core-EIS-Table-26-50.pngThe sequence for noise mitigation will be determined in part by the construction phasing (which buildings are constructed first), currently under consideration by the President's Space Priorities Working Group.N/AFlow chartRestrictive Dec sec 4.4(e), page 57
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Preconstruction PlanNYU will prepare preconstruction plans for each building project on the superblocks. Preconstruction plans will include construction-related environmental commitments such as diesel emission reduction measures, a dust control plan, construction noise reduction measures, construction vibration measures, a construction dewatering plan, a pest management plan, a hazardous materials plan, and a historic resources protection plan.[So a thing I was unable to confirm was: is this a commitment that has to happen during the design phase for all buildings -- ie, before the project as a whole kicks off -- or for each building -- ie, we need to hire a monitor for the zipper, hire a monitor for the bleecker ,etc.Various AgenciesDec. 4, pp. 24 - 41
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MWLBE PlanNYU will implement a Minority Women-Owned and Local Business Enterprises (MWLBE) Plan.Updated 11/1/13: Certain details of NYU's MWLBE Utilitization Plan have been finalized. Learn more at the in-depth MWLBE Utilization page (http://www.nyu.edu/community/nyu-in-nyc/core-plan-commitments/oversight-and-planning/mwlbe-plan-utilization-fact-sheet.html)

Updated 07/1/13 - NYU's MWLBE plan is in the process of being implemented.
From fall of 2012 and throughout construction.N/ANYU Letter to Council Member Margaret Chin, July 2012
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Traffic Mitigation NYU will pay the costs of any required traffic mitigation measures (or implement such measures directly) under the direction of DOT, including signal timing changes, widening of the crosswalk at W 4th Street and Washington Square East, and improving the interaction approach at Bleecker and Mercer Streets.Mitigtaion implementation depends on the building being considered for construction.Department of Transportation Restrictive Dec, sec . 4.4 (d), page 56; RD, sec 4.4 (c )
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Traffic Monitoring PlanDue to the potential for transportation conditions to change over time, NYU will conduct a Traffic Monitoring Program ("TMP") to determine the need for and any adjustments to transportation-related mitigation measures. After the completion and occupancy of the LaGuardia Building.Department of Transportation Restrictive Dec, sec 4.4 ( c) (iii) page 54
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Maintenance and Protection of Traffic ("MPT")For each new building project, NYU will prepare a plan and provide diagrams of proposed temporary curb lane and sidewalk closures (an MPT plan), including the duration of closures, the sidewalk protection measures to be installed for pedestrians, and other MPT items.Prior to the construction of each of the new buildings.Department of Transportation Restrictive Dec, sec 4.1(i), page 41
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Boiler Stack LocationsNYU will locate the boiler stacks for new buildings on the southern superblock away from neighboring facilities. For the Bleecker Building and the southern portion of the Zipper Building, the boiler stacks will be at least 30 feet from any potential rooftop playgrounds and at least 128 feet away from 505 LaGuardia.To be part of the design/construction due diligence process for the Zipper and Bleecker buildings.Department of Parks and RecreationRestrictive Dec. sec 4.2 (a), page 42
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Noise AttenuationNYU will meet noise attenuation requirements for new buildings as listed in the FEISTo be part of the design/construction due diligence process for each buildingN/ARestrictive Dec. sec 4.2 (b), pages 42-43
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Storm Water BMPNYU will develop and implement one or more plans incorporating best management practices to reduce the rate of peak discharge to the combined sewer system on the superblocks.NYU will submit best management plans to the Department of Environmental Protection prior to each building's development phase. Alternately, one consolidated plan may be submitted, providing that the DEP has a BMP for the relevant phase. Department of Environmental ProtectionRestrictive Dec. sec 4.3(b), page 48
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CoGen Tie-InThe Mercer Building, LaGuardia Building, and the northern portion of the Zipper building will be connected to NYU's cogeneration power plant.To be part of the construction process for each building. Department of City PlanningRestrictive Dec, sec 4.2(a), page 42
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LEED CertificationNYU will use reasonable and good faith effort to obtain LEED Silver Certification for all new buildings.To be part of the design/construction due diligence process for each building.US Green Building CouncilRestrictive Dec sec 4.3(a), p age 44
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Emissions ReductionNYU will switch the fuel in the central heating plant to natural gas or No. 2 fuel oil, or to an alternative fuel that will result in the same or lower emissions, before the occupation of the Zipper or Bleecker building.Prior to the occupation of the Zipper or Bleecker building. Department of City Planning, only in the event that NYU chooses a fuel other than natural gas or No. 2 oil.Restrictive Dec. sec 4.2 (a), page 42
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Efficient Maintenance and OperationsNYU will use alternative fuels and efficient vehicles for the maintenance and operation of new buildings.To be part of the design/construction due diligence process for each building.Department of City PlanningRestrictive Dec sec 4.3 (d)(i)(D)(iii), page 52
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Water ConservationNYU will implement install water conservation strategies and install measures such as low-flow toilets and faucets in order to arrive at 20 percent less than baseline water useage for new buildings.To be part of the design/construction due diligence process for each building, prior to the receipt of a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy for any new building. Department of City PlanningRestrictive Dec. sec 4.3 (c) page 49
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Energy EfficiencyNYU will implement and incorporate energy efficiency measures in all new buildings, including high efficiency HVAC systems, high-albedo roofing materials, window glazing, motion sensors, and Energy Star appliances.To be part of the design/construction due diligence process for each building.N/ARestrictive Dec. sec 4.3 (d)(i) pages 49 - 50
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Building Energy ConsultantNYU will hire a qualified building energy consultant to report on the energy efficiency measures for each new building, ensuring that the construction and usage plans will result in at least 10% less energy consumption than the standards set forth in either state or city energy codes.To be part of the design/construction due diligence process for each building, prior to receipt of a building permit.Chair of the Department of City PlanningRestrictive Dec. sec 4.3 (d)(i)(B), page 50
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