In 2009, Columbia University received approval from New York State's Public Authorities Control Board to build a Manhattanville Campus in West Harlem. Located north of its Morningside Heights campus, this site will encompass 17 acres between 129th and 133rd Street and Broadway and Twelfth Avenue. Nearly 7 million square feet of property will be used for teaching, research, parking, and administrative facilities. Additionally, it will house the Columbia University-supported secondary school focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education and the Jerome L. Greene Science Center.
This endeavor will also strengthen the community. Its dedication to environmental sustainability earned it a spot in the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Neighborhood Design pilot program. Developers will introduce tens of thousands of square feet of open space as well as wider sidewalks. Additionally, it will provide multiple job opportunities.