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Master Plan Breaks Ground at FCLC!

Cristina Romano

Ground-breaking news! Construction has finally started on a 22-story, 468,000 square foot law school building and dorm at FCLC! This building, which is only one piece to the $1.6 billion expansion puzzle, is set to be completed in 2014 – luckily if you are a Freshman, you will still be at Fordham when it is brand new! However, the entire project is set to take 25 years – hopefully none of us will still be at Fordham when the entire expansion project is officially completed.

Designed by Pei Cobb Freed, the building, which will be constructed in cast stone, metal and glass, will be located on West 62nd between Columbus and Amsterdam. It will also contain a beautiful two-story atrium, a trial court facility and a 562,000-volume law library. The lower nine stories will be occupied entirely by Fordham Law, while the top part of the building will house approximately 430 undergraduates, according to Curbed.

In August 2010, Fordham finally got the official go-ahead to begin the project after residents of The Alfred, a luxury condo on West 61st St, filed suit, stating that the project violated a land agreement due to its towering 600-foot height. The residents of The Alfred argued that Fordham violated an agreement to use the land for academic purposes only, and wanted to cap the height restrictions at 200 feet.

Fordham will be not be holding a ceremonial groundbreaking until the beginning of May – however keep checking back in The Observatory for more updates on this exciting project!

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