Columbia ded­i­cates $6.3B cam­pus ex­pan­sion

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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