Columbia Wants to Demolish Buildings, State Commission Says No
Written by Bwog Staff
Despite the success of eminent domain efforts, Columbia’s real estate war appears to never cease. Now, they’ve come into conflict with the State Historic Preservation Office, which has created a new historic area of Morningside Heights that includes three buildings Columbia intended to demolish.
The three buildings, 408, 410, and 412 West 115th Street (Google Maps link), are “some of the earliest built multiunit residential buildings that still stand in Morningside Heights.” Preferring to unleash its inner Shiva as soon as possible, Columbia announced plans over the summer “to raze these buildings while it considers future uses for the site.” 69th District Assemblyman (and possible Senate appointee) Daniel O’Donnell, however, successfully included the buildings inside the new “Morningside Drive Historic District,” which includes portions of Morningside Drive, 115th, and 116th Streets.
If Columbia’s looking for another building to demolish, Bwog humbly suggests the brick-and-cinderblock eyesore otherwise known as Mudd.