Sunday, May 5, 2013

Roosevelt Island Cornell NYC Tech ULURP Application Approved Last Thursday By NYC Council Land Use Sub Committee - Full NYC Council and Mayor Bloomberg Next Then Final Determination by RIOC

Cornell NYC Tech Proposed Campus (page 23 CB 8 Presentation)

The NYC Council Land Use Committee approved the Roosevelt  Island Cornell NYC Tech ULURP application last Thursday May 2. The Cornell NYC Tech ULURP application will now proceed to the full NYC Council and Mayor Bloomberg for expected approval.  However, even after final approval from NYC, Cornell NYC Tech still  needs to negotiate and come to an agreement with the Roosevelt Island  Operating Corp (RIOC) for the approximately 3 acres of land controlled  by RIOC within the planned Cornell NYC Tech campus on the site of the  current Goldwater Hospital.

Click here for the Letter Agreement detailing the commitments made by Cornell NYC Tech to City Council Member Jessica Lappin, the entire City Council and the Roosevelt Island Community which are included as part of the lease agreement between the NYC and Cornell for the Goldwater Hospital site.  In addition to the commitments included in the lease agreement, NYC Deputy Mayor’s Robert Steel sent this letter dated May 2 2012 to Ms. Lappin regarding NYC contributing operating funds for a  pilot Roosevelt Island ferry service and NYPD monitoring security concerns for the new campus.

As previously reported, the NYC Land Use Committee held Public Hearing on the Cornell NYC Tech application on April 30. Witnesses at the hearing were representatives from NYC, Cornell NYC Tech and Roosevelt Island residents. Click here for the full video of the hearings. (the video is from the NYC Council and includes all Land Use Committee hearing for the day. The Roosevelt Island Cornell NYC Tech hearing begins at the 2 hour 28 minute mark).

Just about everything you want to know about the Cornell NYC Tech project and how it will impact Roosevelt Island is discussed in the video. Watch it.


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