In an unexpected major decision, a New York appellate court has overturned the use of eminent domain to create a new West Harlem campus for Columbia University, ruling the action unconstitutional.
The cases were brought by the defiant owner of a set of storage warehouses in West Harlem, Nick Sprayregen, and the owners of two Read More
The owner of a set of storage buildings in West Harlem, Nick Sprayregen, has filed a lawsuit challenging the state’s use of eminent domain, he said this afternoon. The state has commenced actions to acquire the properties in connection with Columbia University’s planned 17-acre expansion in the area.
In Mr. Sprayregen’s 107-page petition, he Read More
Columbia has paid $14.8 million for a warehouse in the footprint of its planned West Harlem expansion, closing on a deal from 2007 with the owners of Despatch Moving & Storage, according to property records. The sale price equates to about $235 per square foot, based on figures from the real estate tracking service PropertyShark, Read More
The last remaining major private landowner in the footprint of Columbia University’s planned West Harlem expansion issued a lengthy critique of the state’s use of eminent domain to acquire his property, laying the groundwork for a legal battle that will likely lie ahead.
Nicholas Sprayregen, owner of Tuck-it-Away Storage, released the critique as the Read More