The Citizen of Auburn reports that the planned expansion of Cayuga Community College’s Fulton campus is on hold because of a surprise development:Â Tops sold the closed P&C store that CCC wanted to a Syracuse law firm.
The college announced with great fanfare its plans to take over the former P&C Foods store at River Glen Mall along Route 481, along with as many of the closed smaller shops as it could get and perhaps a triangle of land just south of the plaza, in order to build a new campus big enough for its needs.
College officials held briefings for staff and local officials on the expansion plans as recently as a few weeks ago.
The current Fulton campus is also located in a former shopping plaza store, but is bursting at the seams with students and lacks room for offices for services.
“(O)n May 14 Tops sold the property to a Syracuse-based law firm, Messenger & Elliott, for $700,000, according to documents from the City of Fulton Real Property Office.
Daniel Larson, the collegeâ€™s president, summarized his sentiment about the sale as â€œcertainly disappointed.â€
â€œNo one likes to be told after having spent time and effort on a project like that that someone else has received it,â€ said Larson.”
The college does not yet have state funds committed to the project.
The report indicates that the buyer intends to develop the property.