Columbia Expansion Expected To Get Boost From 'Blight'

The two remaining parcels of privately owned land in the footprint of Columbia University's proposed expansion are expected to be deemed part of a "blighted" area, according to sources with knowledge of a report that will be presented to and voted on by the Empire State Development Corp. today. Adoption of the report's finding would set the stage for a legal battle over the possible use of eminent domain by the state.