NEW YORK (CBS 2) — New York University is giving up on building a controversial new tower in Greenwich Village.

The plan was to add a 38-story building to a landmark three-tower plaza, designed by world-famous architect I.M. Pei.

The tower would include a 240-room hotel.

Neighbors and preservationists opposed it. Now, so does Mr. Pei.

The 93 year-old architect sent a letter to the university, saying he’d prefer another site.

NYU said it will file plans to build at LaGuardia Place and Bleeker Street.

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