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Planning Cooper Square.

As Cooper Union’s Director of Planning, I managed a rezoning process that set the stage for property redevelopment – consolidating commercial development on 51 Astor Place (the former engineering building) and educational space on 41 Cooper Square. The building envelopes frame the Cooper Square/Astor Place nexus of pedestrian space, while respecting the unique East Village setting of mixed large commercial buildings with lower rise residential to the east.

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CLARK On Cooper Square Planning:

“For three years, the Cooper Union team met with Community Board members on property rezoning, ensuring all voices were heard on issues like building size, height, and design guidelines. But going way back—to the early 1990s—we won a Federal grant that set aside money for pedestrian and bicycle upgrades in Cooper Square. Where would we be without long-term planning? Shovels are in the ground now, almost 20 years later, as underground utilities are being upgraded first before the pedestrian and park spaces are expanded.”