Eleven groups opposing New York University's $5 billion expansion plan in Greenwich Village filed a lawsuit against the city Tuesday.
The groups — ranging from members of NYU's faculty to the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation — claim the city illegally turned over public land to facilitate the school's plans.
The suit also claims that the city's public approval process lacked transparency and denied public input.
The City Council approved the contentious expansion plan in July. The city’s Planning Commission held only one public hearing, which lasted more than seven hours, on the proposal in April.
NYU's plan will take close to 20 years to complete and extend the campus by roughly 2 2illion square feet. It was downsized by about 22 percent from its original proposal to lessen the impact on the neighborhood.
A spokeswoman for the city's Law Department said the plan was approved "after substantial and thorough review" and is "lawful and followed all applicable processes." The department is reviewing the claims and will respond appropriately.