Community Board 7 (CB7), voted its disapproval of Fordham’s master plan for the Lincoln Center campus at its January 21 meeting. CB7’s review of the plan is the first step in the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP).
Community boards are advisory groups, and their resolutions are passed on to elected officials and city agencies. The next steps are a review of Fordham’s plan by Scott Stringer, Manhattan borough president; review by the New York City Planning Commission; and finally a review by the New York City Council. The reviews are part of New York City’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP): Fordham’s master plan was “certified” into ULURP in November, and by statute the process must be completed by July 2009.
“The vote, while not unexpected, was a disappointment,” said Thomas A. Dunne, vice president for government relations and urban affairs at Fordham. “That said, this is a process. Fordham has been in negotiations with Community Board 7 over development of the Lincoln Center campus for some time, and we will continue negotiations with city officials. We are still hopeful that Fordham, the community and city officials will reach a resolution that satisfies the needs of the University and wider community.”