Columbia Expansion Moves Forward

On Thursday, the New York State Court of Appeals ruled that Columbia University could use eminent domain to expand into West Harlem.

The decision overturned a lower court ruling that found the University could not seize 17 acres without consent. The expansion plans include science, business, and arts buildings.

While Columbia already owns the bulk of the land needed for the expansion, the University can now use eminent domain to acquire the remaining warehouses and gas stations.