Columbia dedicates $6.3B campus expansion
Columbia University on Monday dedicated one of the most ambitious architectural projects in the academic world: the $6.3 billion expansion of its Manhattan campus.
A ceremony was staged in front of the Jerome L. Greene Science Center, the first to be completed on the 17-acre campus, which is expanding into West Harlem. It marked Columbia’s visible victory in its court battles for the land over several years.
New York’s highest court ruled in 2010 that the state could seize some of the property under eminent domain after its chief economic development agency, the Empire State Development Corp., deemed the area blighted. The university bought the rest of the parcels from private owners.