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Permits filed for new Cornell Tech building

Plans call for 190K sf building on the Roosevelt Island campus; city hopes to bring together tech's leading lights
By Claire Moses | January 05, 2015 02:22PM

Plans for a new Forest City Ratner-developed building slated to bring the technology industry’s leading academics and startups to Cornell Tech’s Roosevelt Island campus are moving along.

Architect of record Weiss/Manfredi filed an application today for a permit to construct a nearly 189,000-square-foot office building at Cornell University’s new 2.1 million-square-foot campus, according to Department of Buildings records.

The application calls for a 188,603-square-foot commercial building at 1 Main Street on Roosevelt Island. Plans for the building include office space on all the floors as well as a 38-car garage. The co-location building is slated to “bring together corporate innovators, world-class researchers and energetic start-ups under one roof, a concrete reflection of the campus’ mission of fusing academia and industry to encourage innovation for the public good,” according to a previous announcement by Cornell Tech.

The land is owned by the New York City Economic Development Corporation, which partnered with the university in late 2013. Cornell leases the ground from the city. Construction on the project’s first phase started last year.

Forest City Ratner is also the developer of the first academic building on the island, which is being designed by Morphosis.

When completed in 2037, the campus will house facilities for roughly 2,000 graduate students