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Condemnation Law: Acquisition of Properties by Empire State Development for Columbia University Manhattanville Campus Expansion

The New York State Urban Development Corporate d/b/a Empire State Development acquired by eminent domain on March 12, 2012, the last of the properties and property interests necessary for Columbia University to move forward with the first phase of ESD’s Columbia University Educational Mixed-Use Development Project in West Harlem. ESD has acquired title to three self-storage facilities, two gas stations, 22 deep subsurface easements in City Streets within the Project Site, and fee on condition interests in three below-grade portions of West 130th Street and West 131st Street. These acquisitions were authorized on December 18, 2008 by ESD, and its determination was confirmed by the New York Court of Appeals on June 24, 2010. These acquisitions will allow the $6.28 billion Project to move forward with the development of a slurry wall around the first two-block portion of the Project Site and construction of the first of the buildings for the new campus. The new campus, to be developed over the next 25 years, will include 16 new buildings, an approximately 2 million square foot multi-level basement structure connecting many buildings across several blocks, and a network of publicly-accessible open space. Partner John R. Casolaro, counsel Lee A. Ohliger, associates Victor J. Gallo, Theodore Y. McDonough and Zara F. Fernandes, with assistance from Michael H. Bauscher, Natalie F. Wilmore, and legal assistants Eileen Devereux and Lissette Brunet represented ESD in these acquisitions.

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