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NEW YORK CITY-New York University said Thursday it would eliminate a fourth tower, which would have been built in the landmarked section of the superblock containing its Silver Towers, from its Uniform Land Use Review Procedure application for expansion plans near Washington Square Park. Instead, the ULURP application will include a building on the university-owned site currently occupied by the Morton Williams supermarket.

Newfound opposition by architect I.M. Pei, who designed the original three-building Silver Towers complex in the 1960s, played a strong role in NYU’s decision. “From the beginning, we sought a design for the Silver Towers block that was most respectful of Mr. Pei’s vision,” says Lynne Brown, SVP at NYU, in a statement. “Some people disagreed with our proposed approach; others agreed. We believed that among those who agreed was Mr. Pei himself, who expressed no opposition to the concept of a tower on the landmarked site when we spoke with him directly in 2008.”

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