Development / New York City

Expansion of Columbia University

Manhattanville in West Harlem

While New York University considers it’s campus to span all over manhattan – with it’s buildings spanning over all neighborhoods. Columbia’s campus, while very large already, is constricted when a feeling for  expansion arrises in the densely populated urban environment. It is all too natural for universities and colleges to seek to expand it’s empire as fields of study expand.

In May 2009, New York State’s Public Authorities Control Board granted the final public approval for the University’s plan to create shared opportunities by expanding into Manhattanville (West Harlem).

Manhattanville is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan bordered on the south by Morningside Heights on the west by the Hudson River, on the east by Harlem and on the north by Hamilton Heights.

The plan includes more than 6.8 million square feet of space for teaching, research, underground parking, and support services. It features new facilities for civic, cultural, recreational, and commercial activity. And its improved, pedestrian-friendly streets and new publicly accessible open spaces will reconnect West Harlem to the new Hudson River waterfront park.

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