The Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation came before the Landmarks Preservation Commission on October 11, 2016 and was unanimously approved. This came on the heels of approval by CB7. The original proposal was slightly altered, as a result of meetings with community & preservation groups, taking less area and fewer trees from Teddy Roosevelt Park. The expansion will require the demolition of three buildings and a redesign of the park. Not everyone is thrilled with this proposal however, several local community groups remain opposed.
Process is not finished, yet. Next year an environmental impact statement (EIS) will be prepared for public review and comment. If approved, construction will begin in 2017 after completion of the design. According to the Museum’s website, “The goal is to open the Gilder Center in 2020, at the conclusion of the Museum’s 150th anniversary in 2019.”