New York Council Limits Madison Square Garden’s Permit
July 25, 2013
A vote held by the New York City Council has limited Madison Square Garden’s permit to 10 years, health following pressure from civic organisations to re-locate the Knicks and Rangers so renovations can take place at the stadium.
The council overwhelmingly voted in favour of the limit 47-1 and against the venue owner’s desire to operate at the site in perpetuity.
The 10-year limit goes a step further than the city planning commission which recommended a 15-year extension.
“Madison Square Garden has operated at its current site for generations, drugs ” Kim Kearns, canada cheap a spokesperson for the Madison Square Garden Co., said of the decision. “[MSG] has been proud to bring New Yorkers some of the greatest and most iconic moments in sports and entertainment.”
Kearns also drew attention to the fact that the stadium was already in the midst of a billion-dollar three-year renovation.
The Alliance for a New Penn Station, who hope to see a redevelopment of the nearby Penn Station, said the council “has made clear that now is time to get to work and build the Penn Station that New York City and the region desperately need in order to improve transit access and spur economic growth in the city and throughout the region.”
Among the supporters of Madison Square Garden’s relocation is Christine Quinn, leading Democratic candidate for Mayor and current Council Speaker who wrote last month that the move is needed for regeneration of the local area to take place.