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Columbia Manhattanville Discussion Shifts to Eminent Domain?

There are two words most likely to ignite any discussion about big developments in New York City: eminent domain. Today's City Council hearing about Columbia's big Manhattanville expansion plan is likely to feature some significant back-and-forth about the unspoken issue hovering over it. The City Planning Commission ducked eminent domain in voting for the expansion a couple of weeks ago. But the odds are in favor of eminent domain fireworks in this next phase of Manhattanville plan discussions. Today's Sun notes that eminent domain "may hinder" the 17-acre, $6 billion expansion and "will be at the heart" of City Council hearings. Other big eminent domain fights include the big Willets Point redo plan and the Mother of All New York City Eminent Domain Battles, Atlantic Yards.
· Issue of Eminent Domain May Hinder Columbia in Harlem [Sun]
· Columbia Manhattanville Expansion Morning After [Curbed]
· City 'Punting' on Columbia Expansion Eminent Domain? [Curbed]