A rendering of the winning Cornell University-Technion design. (Cornell University)
ROOSEVELT ISLAND — As Cornell University gears up to build its $2 billion, 11-acre campus on Roosevelt Island, the Ivy League school is “in listening mode,” its president David Skorton told a standing room crowd at a town hall meeting Thursday night.
Many Roosevelt Islanders supported the bid from Cornell and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology come to the 2-mile-long sliver of land in the East River, winning the city’s high-profile tech campus contest that came with free land and $100 million for infrastructure upgrades.
But they still had concerns, especially about traffic. Getting on and off the island is already a challenge, many said, and islanders worry about traffic during construction and once the school is home to 2,500 students and nearly 300 faculty. Some asked if construction materials can be barged in and if the school could help