City University of New York senior vice chancellor Jay Hershenson said he hopes the CUNY in the Heights campus currently located at Good Shepherd School will move two blocks north to the Inwood Center at 5030 Broadway “as soon as possible.”
Hershenson’s comments came during a Dec. 21 Community Board 12 General Meeting where he was the featured speaker.
Lenny Lazzarino, vice president of real estate leasing for Edison Properties which owns the Inwood Center, confirmed that he was in negotiations with CUNY to move the 3,400-student campus to the first floor of the former Verizon building at W. 214th Street.
Senator-Elect Adriano Espaillat confirmed that he and City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez had secured several million dollars for capital improvements to the raw retail space to help broker the move.
While CUNY and Edison Properties have had on and off discussions about a move for several years, the current negotiations are being driven by two new developments: Espaillat’s new capital funding and the New York Archdiocese's Nov. 9 announcement that Good Shepherd School had been placed on its “at risk” list, clouding the long-term prospects for CUNY in the Heights at its present location.
CUNY in the Heights has leased space at Good Shepherd School on Cooper and Isham Streets since 2005, offering continuing education and professional studies programs as well as a popular “College for Kids” slate of classes.