Cornell has cleared the first hurdle in the ULURP process for its tech campus on Roosevelt Island. Last night, Manhattan Community Board 8 approved the university's plans for Cornell Tech NYC. The 2.1 million-square-foot campus will completely transform the island's southern tip, with construction starting in 2014. Cornell sent out a press release only announcing the approval, but Roosevelt Islander says it was approved with "an exhaustive list of conditions," which are detailed in the videos post on the blog. The first phase will have a 150,000-square-foot, net-zero academic building by Thom Mayne of Morphosis Architects, a "pedestrian spine" linking the campus to Four Freedoms Park, a student residence, plus an executive building with hotel, a corporate co-location. If all goes as planned, it will open in 2017 and be fully built-out by 2037.
· Roosevelt Island Cornell NYC Tech Land Use Application Overwhelmingly Approved By Community Board 8 Wednesday Night...With Conditions [RI]
· Cornell Unveils Design Details for Roosevelt Island Campus [Curbed]
· Cornell Tech NYC press releases [official]