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June 4, 2013

NCCC wants to build Welcome Center

Would be 'one-stop shop for students'

SARANAC LAKE — North Country Community College plans to purchase property on Lake Flower Avenue to build a campus Welcome Center.

The site would accommodate its Admissions, Enrollment, Bursar and Financial Aid offices and give it a “street presence” on the village’s main thoroughfare, according to a news release from the college.

The location is 433 Lake Flower Ave., between Janie’s For Hair salon and the Sara-Placid Motor Inn.

An adjoining parcel off Colony Court would also be purchased and consolidated.

APPROVAL NEEDED

The primary parcel is zoned B-4, which permits office buildings and retailing and requires site-plan review and approval by the Saranac Lake Village Planning Board.

The college campus sits two blocks away, off Winona and Santanoni avenues.

“The college has long wanted an access point and street presence on Lake Flower Avenue, and this project will finally give us those opportunities,” NCCC President Dr. Steven Tyrell said in a statement.

Tyrell said he looks forward to working with the Planning Board so the project blends well into the location and gives a good first impression for both the village and NCCC.

TWO-STORY SITE

The college proposes to build a two-story, 4,200-square-foot Welcome Center in traditional Adirondack architecture.

The new facility will include an entrance hall and conference room to host space for campus and community events.

“The Welcome Center concept is that of a one-stop shop for students, particularly new ones, where they may find all of their initial college needs in one convenient building and literally take care of their admissions and financial-aid needs, walk upstairs to the registrar to enroll in classes and then process their bill with the bursar,” Tyrell said.

These services are now at separate locations on the Saranac Lake campus.

MAYOR’S FIRM INVOLVED

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