P&S Journal: Fall 1995, Vol.15, No.3
Audubon Park: First Building Opens, Construction Begins on Second
Breaking ground in June for the second Audubon facility are, left to right, Dr. Herbert Pardes, vice president for health sciences and dean of the Faculty of Medicine; Columbia University President George Rupp; Charles A. Gargano, commissioner of the New York state Office of Economic Development; and Congressman Charles B. Rangel.
CDP will contain five floors of laboratory space for basic and clinical science, a top floor for an animal facility, and a ground floor devoted to retail shops and a conference room. The project is funded by federal, state, and city grants, the Sherman Fairchild Foundation, and University sources.
The first building in the Audubon Research Park, the Audubon Business and Technology Center, is completed. This 100,000-square-foot commercial laboratory facility will provide laboratory space for new and existing companies engaged in biomedical research and development. It includes an incubator for start-up companies, which can lease space as small as 500 square feet. Incubator services include an on-site conference room, fax and copy machines, and access to the CPMC computer network, research laboratories, core services, and the University library system.
The first retail tenants have moved into the Audubon Center, providing the neighborhood and the Medical Center community with new and expanded storefront services. Leases have been negotiated with Chemical Bank, Barnes and Noble Bookstore, Joe's Pizza, Taco Madre, a coffee bar, and a full service restaurant affiliated with the West End Gate near Columbia's downtown campus.