15 more years for the Garden

The City Planning Commission said at a meeting on Wednesday May 8, that it would back a permit extension of 15 years to the Madison Square Garden Company who wants to stay put on top of the ailing Penn Station, nycurbed.com reports.


Originally, MSG wanted their special permit to operate above the busy transit hub extended in perpetuity but critics said that this would hinder Penn Station to transform and adapt to the high demand of commuters, roughly about 600.000 daily.

The Commission’s chairwoman Amanda Burden deemed a time period of 15 years appropriate for the Garden to plan its next move and for their recent $ 1¬†billion renovation to be worthwhile. The next step will be the City Council voting on the issue which might bring a lawsuit by MSG. The planning commission is expected to formally vote on the 15 year permit extension on May 22.


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