May

20

Head Honchos Support Manhattanville

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Hot off the presses from City Hall and Albany: Governor David Paterson (CC ’77) and Mayor Michael Bloomberg expressed their support again for the Manhattanville expansion, after the project was approved by the Public Authorities Control Board

Paterson said the expansion “will enhance the vitality of both the University and its neighboring community, while meeting the long-term needs of its residents.” Bloomberg added that it “will help solidify New York City as a world-renowned center for higher education and scientific research and enhance New York’s ability to attract highly-skilled talent.” Both noted the predicted benefits of the expansion, including “a projected 14,000 construction jobs over the course of the 25-year build-out and 6,000 permanent jobs, the expansion will provide nearly 100,000 square feet of publicly accessible open space, enhance the area’s cultural activities, and activate the neighborhood’s street life with wide sidewalks and ground-floor retail uses.”

As for the PACB, its approval was the final level of state approval needed on the expansion (the PACB oversees the West Harlem Local Development Corporation, which made a final agreement with Columbia earlier this month). Barring a surpisingly successful lawsuit, Manhattanville may have crossed its last government hurdle. Full statements after the jump (image by the Associated Press).


Statement from Governor David A. Paterson:

“Today, the Public Authorities Control Board approved the General Project Plan for the redevelopment and expansion of Columbia University’s Morningside Campus. The expansion of one of New York’s oldest educational institutions will enhance the vitality of both the University and its neighboring community, while meeting the long-term needs of its residents.

“While the national recession has led to a decline in development in New York, this $6.3 billion project will be one of the largest to move forward this year, resulting in 14,000 construction jobs over 25 years and 6,000 University positions. Recognizing the needs of our West Harlem community, the project also includes a community benefits agreement that will provide scholarships for local residents, medical facilities for school-age children and enhanced curricula for local secondary schools.

“I am delighted that the work and cooperation of our partners at Columbia, the Mayor’s Office, and Empire State Development, as well as local elected officials and members of the community will help ensure that Columbia maintains its role as one of the foremost educational and cultural institutions in the world and a major New York employer.”



Statement from Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg:

“Today’s approval of the General Project Plan for Columbia University West Harlem development plan serves as a testament to Governor Paterson’s strong leadership. The Public Authorities Control Board’s decision – the culmination of a long–standing collaboration among Columbia, City and State agencies, local elected officials, and the local community – will enable a critically important job-creating economic development initiative to move forward.

“Columbia’s new campus in the Manhattanville section of West Harlem will complement the City’s investment at the recently-opened West Harlem PiersPark and planned streetscape improvements along West 125th Street, and build upon other initiatives in Upper Manhattan, including last year’s rezoning of 125th Street and the East 125th Street development. Columbia’s plan, which was adopted by the City Council in 2007, will transform 17 acres in West Harlem into a modern, academic mixed–use development with 6.8 million square feet of new state-of-the-art facilities that will help solidify New York City as a world-renowned center for higher education and scientific research and enhance New York’s ability to attract highly-skilled talent. In addition to creating a projected 14,000 construction jobs over the course of the 25-year build-out and 6,000 permanent jobs, the expansion will provide nearly 100,000 square feet of publicly accessible open space, enhance the area’s cultural activities, and activate the neighborhood’s street life with wide sidewalks and ground-floor retail uses.

“I want to thank Governor Paterson for his tireless efforts to move this important project forward, and the other local elected officials, Community Board 9, the West Harlem Local Development Corporation, and Columbia University for working together to forge consensus on a project so vital to Upper Manhattan and the entire City.”

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11 Comments

  1. Hooray!

    Take THAT hunger strikers!

  2. hunger striker  

    i'm soooooo hungry!

  3. Please.

    Like we didn't know that was going to happen. The real battle, as this article correctly articulates, is the legal battle ahead regarding the state's use of eminent domain, which, I'm sorry bwog trolls, is something that many besides the Hunger Strikers simply can't stomach.

  4. RABABABALAL

    AHHH MANHATTANVILLE GLOBAL CORE FLORDITA ENDOWMENT [insert Columbia controversy here] JJS CLOSES AT 2AM

    THIS SCHOOL IS AWFUL

  5. yeah.

    just to clear the record:

    eminent domain: awful
    hunger strikers: awful

  6. Please.

    Alum: get screwed, you've already tried that argument and gotten pwned. Until litigation is over, no building or demolition can happen to the properties in question, all of which are part of phase 1, stage 1. Here's you getting pwned:
    http://www.columbiaspectator.com/2009/04/30/calling-manhattanville-transparency
    Whoever you are, student or otherwise, you have no idea what you are talking about.

  7. new cheer  

    HELL NO HEY HEY!
    MOVE THE BUSINESS SCHOOL FARTHER AWAY!

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