New York University wants to build a 38-story hotel and faculty residence on Bleecker Street as the first of several projects that will increase the university's physical size over the next 20 years.
The glass and concrete tower would be about 40 percent taller than three towers designed by I.M. Pei next door. But the university says it would be a far slenderer building than one they could eventually build on a nearby supermarket site that they also own.
An NYU spokesman says the university would likely bring in an outside operator to run the hotel. Visiting guests and parents of students would get priority, but the hotel would also be available to the general public.
The tower would go on the superblock bounded by Bleecker, Mercer, Houston and La Guardia streets.
NYU will present its plans to the community board on Monday and apply to the Landmarks Preservation Commission for permission to construct the building in the fall. A spokesman says it will be about five years before construction begins.
The university hopes to expand its campus in cozy Greenwich Village by 40 percent over the next 20 years.
(Images courtesy of Grimshaw Architects)