NEW YORK CITY-The City Council on Wednesday afternoon gave itsblessing to Cornell University's plan to build anapplied sciences and engineering campus on Roosevelt Island. Thefinal stop on the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure trail is thesignature of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who hasendorsed the plan.

“The new school will be a tremendous boon, not only for my CityCouncil district, but for the entire Big Apple,” Council MemberJessica Lappin, whose district includes RooseveltIsland, says in a release. Lappin had formed a community coalitionto champion the idea of building a campus in Manhattan, “andspecifically Roosevelt Island.”

The council's approval came after Lappin secured a number ofconcessions from the Bloomberg administration and from Cornell,which is partnering with the Technion-IsraelInstitute of Technology to build the two-million-square-footCornell NYC Tech campus. Among othercommitments, the city has pledged to contribute funding to aone-year summer ferry service pilot program, while the universityhas agreed to maximize the use of barging, thus minimizing thenumber of construction vehicles on the island; and to “adopt” PS/IS217, the local school on Roosevelt Island, by providing teachertraining and support; after school programming; tech events; careerday options; and hardware and software programming development.

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Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny is managing editor of Real Estate Forum and He has been reporting on business since 1988 and on commercial real estate since 2007. He is based at ALM Real Estate Media Group's offices in New York City.