Residents want Fordham to downsize plans

March 23, 2009 08:19AM

The community around Fordham University believes the college’s expansion plan creates a wall between the neighborhood and the school, and has no meaningful public space. Fordham’s planned expansion will increase the number of buildings in the area between 60th and 62nd streets, bound by Amsterdam and Columbus avenues, from two to 10. The expansion calls for more than two million square feet of space, including two 50-plus story residential towers. Fordham reached a compromise with Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer last month to decrease the size of the project and work with the community, but City Council member Gale Brewer says more needs to be done, and thinks the two residential towers are too tall. The City Planning Commission will vote on Fordham’s plan on April 22.

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