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NEW YORK CITY-The City Planning Commission granted Madison Square Garden a 15-year special permit on Wednesday to operate at its current location above Penn Station. The planning commission voted unanimously in favor of the 15-year term for the special permit, despite the ownership of Madison Square Garden’s current $980-million renovation program at the complex.

The decision is a clear victory to supporters of a new Penn Station at the site and a rebuke of MSG’s hopes to be given city approval to operate there in perpetuity. The move follows months of outcries by politicians and design agencies for the concert and sports arena to

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