Columbia Expansion Plan Shot Down

It's back to the drawing board for Columbia University's Manhattanville expansion plan. The Columbia spectator reports that Community Board 9's Land Use Committee voted to oppose the plan unless the university meets new conditions.

The resolution, passed five hours after the meeting began, laid the groundwork for further negotiations between the University and CB9 and cited specific conditions under which the community board could come to accept the plan. The conditions-ten in total-range from insisting that Columbia take eminent domain off the table and withdraw the proposal for a 7-story bellow grade structure, to provisions for affordable housing, and promises that what is built will be done so as to minimize pollution and maximize sustainability.

The Voice took a detailed look at the expansion plan in the Spring of 2006 and updated the story again last month.

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