Officials at New York's Comubia University have vowed that they would not use eminent domain or evict any tenants as they move forward with their 25-year expansion plan.
"Columbia University officials testified Wednesday that they won't use eminent domain - or evictions - against residential properties or tenants in its $7billion campus expansion."
"But they still left open using the government property-condemnation process against three holdout commercial landowners."
"The 25-year expansion plan requires rezoning of the area by the City Council, which has the final say in the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure. The Council faces a Jan. 15 technical deadline to act."