There is an interesting article by Emily Schwarz that discusses expansion plans at Columbia, Harvard and University of Pennsylvania.
“I found that the expansion project enjoying the best community relations was the University of Pennsylvania’s redevelopment of the 40th Street Corridor. Penn’s development process went relatively smoothly because it did not take any action without consulting its community. This is not to say that Penn has acted perfectly, but the main setbacks that Columbia and Harvard have faced were the result of secrecy. In the long run, being open pays off.”