Columbia, which plans to spread a new campus across 17 acres in Manhattanville, stands to take over four properties owned by Sprayregen as well as those owned by one other holdout. The university says the project will create 6,000 university jobs as well as 1,200 construction jobs over a 25-year period.
A report provided by the state claims the largely industrial area as “blighted” and suffering from “lack of development and disinvestment.” The university already owns 76 percent of the properties in the area, with the city owning or having control over another 15 percent.
Columbia is also facing resistance from a family that owns two local gas stations.
Source: Columbia Spectator, Two Landowners, Two Lawsuits Fight Eminent Domain in M'ville