Empire State Development Corp. has decided to use eminent domain to
give Columbia University the last two properties in the footprint of the university’s
expansion plan. Columbia already owns most of the 17-acre expansion
zone, and the last properties to be seized are owned by eminent
domain opponent Nick Sprayregen and a family that runs a gas station.
Both property owners will be compensated at market rate for their
Columbia expansion to move forward with eminent domain