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Proposed Columbia Expansion Continues To Cause Controversy

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Tensions between Columbia University and its surrounding community are coming to a head in Harlem, as the school tries to expand its campus.

The university hopes to use 18-acres between 125th and 133rd Streets from Broadway to 12th Avenue for new academic facilities.

Speaking on Thursday's edition of “Inside City Hall” the Reverend Calvin Butts says the university hasn't reached out to him OR other members of the community about the expansion.

"Columbia is moving in a way that is really alienating a lot of the community members who have been really interested in working with them to develop a good plan. Particularly where affordable housing is concerned".

But a representative for the university says, "Columbia has engaged in hundreds of meetings with community groups, associations, individuals and the Local Development Corporation in West Harlem· We believe the creation of 6,000 new local jobs with good benefits, along with the expansion of a wide array of education, health care, legal and human service partnerships ... can ensure that Columbia's growth will also serve the people who live and work in West Harlem."
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