Friday, January 11, 2008

Columbia University To Buy & Own West Harlem?

Columbia University is expanding and much of the growth is targeted for West Harlem. Columbia has pledged over $100 million in "community benefits," and affordable housing. Columbia has received approval from the City Council (35-5) to develop 17 acres between Riverside Drive, 133rd St, Broadway (and 3 blocks across Broadway) and 125th Street. The development plan is projected to create 6,000 jobs and expected to be completed by 2030.

There are some fears that imminent domain will be used to force some commercial property owners to get out of the way. Is this project good for Harlem? Will residential tenants be evicted?

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