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As new fields of knowledge emerge, the nation's universities are growing to pursue the expanding missions of teaching, research, public service, and patient care. With only a fraction of the space enjoyed by our leading peers across the country, Columbia has had to face an especially critical need for space in a dense urban environment.

While Columbia is a globally respected academic center, it is also a vital local New York institution, committed to the economic, intellectual, social, and cultural vitality of our neighborhoods and city. In that spirit, together with our West Harlem neighbors, elected representatives, and civic leaders, Columbia has developed a plan for a mixed-use academic center that provides a long-term future of shared opportunity in the old Manhattanville manufacturing zone of West Harlem.

In May 2009, New York State's Public Authorities Control Board granted the final public approval for the University's plan. The successful state process followed the December 2007 vote of 35-5 by the New York City Council approving the rezoning of the project area from light industrial to mixed-use academic purposes. Columbia also reached a final community benefits agreement with the West Harlem Local Development Corporation that will support an expansion of educational, cultural, health care and civic programs involving the University and the local community.

The 17-acre site that the University will develop is just north of Columbia's historic Morningside Heights campus and consists primarily of the four large blocks from 129th to 133rd Streets between Broadway and Twelfth Avenue (see map), including the north side of 125th Street, as well as three properties on the east side of Broadway from 131st to 134th Streets.

Columbia’s comprehensive plan, limited to these blocks, moves away from past ad-hoc growth of University buildings. Gradually over the next quarter-century, this carefully considered, transparent, and predictable plan will create a new kind of urban academic environment that will be woven into the fabric of the surrounding community.

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.

This kind of smart growth will not only generate thousands of new local jobs for a diversity of people, but also result in maintaining Upper Manhattan as a world center for knowledge, creativity, and solutions for society’s challenges.

The Jerome L. Greene Science Center, home to the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, is scheduled to open in 2015.

View a series of slide shows describing Columbia's LEED Platinum Plan:

Design Principles

Open Space and Accessibility