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CCC Expands its Expansion: More Students Means Even More Classrooms

An aerial photo, provided by the college's architects, shows the phases of the plan for use of the entire River Glen Plaza shopping center.
An aerial photo, provided by the college's architects, shows the phases of the plan for use of the entire River Glen Plaza shopping center.

Cayuga Community College‘s new Fulton home is going to be bigger than first thought.

College trustees tonight are expected to approve a plan to add another 10,000 square feet of classroom space to the new facility. Cayuga County legislators will take up the plan next week.

Cayuga Community College has bought the closed P&C supermarket at River Glen Plaza shopping center on the city’s southern edge.

The 50,000 square foot store will become more than 80,000 square feet of college because the school will add a second floor to the building. It’s the second floor that’s being expanded to include an extra 10 classrooms, according to college President Dr. Daniel Larson.

“As we looked at it and recognized the continuing growth of our student body, our thinking was that we needed to maximize the space we have,” Larson said.

The branch campus has seen amazing growth. Enrollment in Fulton has doubled in a decade, to about 1,200 students. The school has outgrown its first three homes and now intends to make the plaza its final home. The college has an option to buy each of the remaining storefronts in the shopping center, including the K-Mart department store. It has also bought 45 acres of land that’s next to the shopping center for $495,000.

The changes in the plan — which include more energy efficiency improvements for the building — will push the cost of the renovation from $11.2 to $16.1 million dollars. Larson said the state pays half of the bill and the college will cover the other half from its own revenues. The college receives money from tuition, donations to its college foundation, and payments for each non-Cayuga County student from the taxpayers of the counties from where the students come.

CCC intends to continue to offer some community and workforce development classes at its current home on the city’s west side after the new facility opens in time for the start of the 2012-13 school year. It will phase out classes in the older facility as it is able to buy and renovate more areas of the shopping center.

The architect's plan for reuse of the ground floor of the former P&C store.
The architect's plan for reuse of the ground floor of the former P&C store.
The architect's plans for creating a second floor at the former P&C store.  This drawing was shown before the recent change of plans to include 10 more classrooms on the second floor.
The architect's plans for creating a second floor at the former P&C store. This drawing was shown before the recent change of plans to include 10 more classrooms on the second floor.
This map, prepared by Matthew Cowen, Cayuga Community College student, shows where the 45 acre plot of land lies in relation to the new campus at the former P&C supermarket.
This map, prepared by Matthew Cowen, Cayuga Community College student, shows where the 45 acre plot of land lies in relation to the new campus at the former P&C supermarket.