Planning and Design

Great urban campuses weave the university into the fabric of city life. Planning principles for Columbia's new campus in Manhattanville were guided by this standard. Construction will occur in gradual phases, primarily on the four large blocks from 129th Street to 133rd Street between Broadway and 12th Avenue. Also included are properties on 125th Street and on the east side of Broadway between West 131st and 134th Streets.

An open and welcoming environment

The 17-acre redevelopment will be a multiuse center for teaching, academic research and the arts and will include new retail, cultural and community facilities along Twelfth Avenue, Broadway and 125th Street. The plan will transform what is now a largely isolated, underutilized streetscape of garage openings, empty ground floors, roll-down metal gates and chain-link fences on the blocks from West 125th to 133rd Streets into a cohesive, reanimated center for educational, commercial, and community life.

Revived street life and stores for local consumers and local business Stores, restaurants, and other community amenities will fill the ground floors of buildings along West 125th Street, Broadway, and Twelfth Avenue. In leasing these spaces, the University will maintain its long-standing policy of favoring local entrepreneurs serving local consumer needs.

12th Avenue and West 130th Street looking north prior to construction (left) and a proposed view after construction (right)

Revived street life and stores for local consumers and local business

Stores, restaurants, and other community amenities will fill the ground floors of buildings along West 125th Street, Broadway, and Twelfth Avenue. In leasing these spaces, the University will maintain its long-standing policy of favoring local entrepreneurs serving local consumer needs.

Every street will remain public and open to pedestrian and vehicular traffic

New buildings will be set back and sidewalks widened on cross streets opening onto Twelfth Avenue, improving access to the new Hudson River waterfront park. New trees, lighting, street furnishings, public art, and publicly accessible open space will invite people to the entire area.

131st Street and Broadway Looking West prior to construction (left) and a proposed view after construction (right)

131st Street and Broadway looking west prior to construction (left) and a proposed view after construction (right)

Human-scale urban design that honors the past

New buildings will not only be open to the public but will also look and feel open because of transparent glass at the street level. They will be designed in consideration of the distinctive architectural features of the historic Riverside Drive and Broadway viaducts. The University will continue to promote responsible environmental stewardship in construction and energy efficiency in new and renovated buildings.