Friday, September 14, 2007

Stringer considers Columbia expansion

Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2007 13:11:09 -0700 (PDT)
From: "J Reyes-Montblanc"
Subject: Re: from today's Crain's Insider
To: "Anne Michaud"


This article misses a most important factor.

The Stringer Plan actually implements CB9M's 197-a Plan and CB9M has activily participated with the Borough President's team in the development of the Special District.

In fact CB9M has issued a resolution supporting and adopting the Brough President's Special District 197-c Plan as our own.

It is most important that this be understood in the context of the community desires rather than as a by product of any negotiations with Columbia University. If the MBP's Plan is the implementation of of CB9M's 197-a Plan then why doesn't Columbia makes a better effort to align their plans with CB9M's 197-a Plan and avoided all the acrimony?



Jordi Reyes-Montblanc
Community Board No. 9 Manhattan


Anne Michaud wrote:

Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2007 14:21:17 -0400
From: "Anne Michaud" amichaud
Subject: from today's Crain's Insider

Stringer considers Columbia expansion

Political support is building for Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer's proposed West Harlem Special District, which he is pushing as a condition of his endorsement of Columbia University's new campus in Manhattanville. The district would rezone much of West Harlem to protect against gentrification that might result from the university's 17-acre project. Stringer is expected to issue an opinion on Columbia by the end of the month.

Insiders say that endorsements are in the offing from City Councilwoman Inez Dickens, Assembly members Keith Wright and Denny Farrell, and state Sen. Eric Schneiderman. Also jumping on board are the 125th Street Business Improvement District, the New York Urban League and the Abyssinian Development Corp. Others have previously backed the special district, including city Comptroller Bill Thompson, Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum, Local 32BJ and the Regional Plan Association.

Columbia University agrees in concept with Stringer's plan, says a Columbia spokeswoman, though it believes some details need to be worked out.

Anne Michaud
Senior Reporter for Politics and Government
Crain's New York Business
Editor, The Crain's Insider

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