Monday, June 04, 2007

Expansion Certification Delayed

Expansion Certification Delayed
Issue date: 6/4/07 Section: News

The launch of the public approval process for Columbia's proposed Manhattanville expansion process, expected to happen today, has been delayed by two weeks.The Department of City Planning had planned to certify the Environmental Impact Statement for the project today, clearing the way for it to enter the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure. The plan prompted an outcry from Community Board 9 and local activists, who said that putting the project through public review during the summer, when the board is on hiatus, represented an end run around the democratic process.

According to the Department of City Planning, the certification was delayed at the request of Councilman Robert Jackson, D-West Harlem, and Council Speaker Christine Quinn to give CB9 more time to prepare for its review. DCP now plans to certify the EIS on June 18.

"I'll take the two weeks, but I'm not happy about it. We will do what we have to do," CB9 Chair Jordi Reyes-Montblanc said.

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