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NYC council approves scaled back NYU expansion

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This architect's rendering provided by New York University (NYU) on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, outlines proposed plans for new facilities. (AP Photo/New York University) This architect's rendering provided by New York University (NYU) on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, outlines proposed plans for new facilities. (AP Photo/New York University)

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City Council committee has approved a modified version of a plan to add four new buildings to New York University in Greenwich Village.

The Land Use Committee voted 19-1 Tuesday in favor of a 1.9-million-square-foot expansion plan.

The proposal was reduced about 20 percent since it was presented to a public hearing on June 29.

NYU Senior Vice President Lynne Brown said the plan will help New York City remain economically vibrant.

Council member Margaret Chin, who represents the district, said NYU made significant concessions in its modified proposal.

But Andrew Berman of the Greenwich Village Preservation Society called the downsizing a drop in the bucket.

The full City Council vote is expected on July 25.

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