Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Columbia University Plans 34-Story Residential Tower in Harlem

Columbia University filed plans for a new 34-story residential tower in Harlem this week as part of its sprawling campus expansion.

The new project is set to rise at 600 West 125th Street with 142 apartments for graduate students and faculty—replacing a shuttered McDonald’s restaurant. 

Columbia purchased the deed from the fast-food chain in 2004 for just over $2.7 million; the eatery will return as a ground-floor retail tenant once the building is completed.

The school expects the high-rise to reduce demand on the local housing market and help revamp the block with a handful of street improvements.

The new residential location will enliven the iconic intersection as well as 125th Street to the west with active ground-floor uses and streetscape improvements, creating a pedestrian-friendly corridor and gateway to the Manhattanville campus.

The university aims to begin construction in 2020 and complete the project by the summer of 2022. Builders on the project will seek to achieve at least LEED Silver, a sustainable design standard. 

The building will also include a library, lounge, kids play room, and a gym.

Plans for the tower follow Columbia’s new Manhattanville Campus. The last of three buildings designed for the Harlem campus debuted in September 2018. Two more buildings are currently under construction at the 17-acre campus, which spans 125th to 133rd streets, between Broadway and Twelfth Avenue.