Columbia May Take Some Expansion Cues From Penn
The Observer's Matthew Schuerman has a few interesting stories about Columbia's Manhattanville expansion plans.
There's also a spotlight on Bill Lynch, consultant paid by Columbia, who is organizing a grassroots campaign to support the school's Manhattanville plans. Lynch, "a former deputy mayor and well-known Harlem figure," says people "are supportive of the expansion because of the jobs they have heard about and their past involvement in Columbia."
And finally, Schuerman follows up on the Sun's story about Manhattanville's largest private landowner, Nick Sprayregen. The Sun reported that Sprayregen, who opposes Columbia's plans, had spent $500,000 to fight Columbia's efforts so far; plus, his properties' value would go up if Columbia didn't seize land through eminent domain. Now it looks like Harlem City Councilman Robert Jackson is looking to remove Sprayregen from the West Harlem Local Development Corporation, because of the financial conflict of interest.
Photograph of construction work on the Columbia campus (not Manhattanville - we know) by