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December 29, 2012

NCCC Ticonderoga campus getting housing

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BROADER IMPACT

Alliance Executive Director Chattie Van Wert said the venture is good news for the community.

“We are so pleased that the Ti Alliance was able to help these two organizations discover their common interests. This is exactly the work that the alliance wants to enable. Now it’s up to the school and developer to bring this project to a reality, but we will be with them all the way, helping to facilitate wherever we are needed.”

She said the student housing brings a great opportunity to revitalize the downtown business district.

“Students living downtown will demand more goods and services and create opportunities for new and existing businesses. Their parents will visit and bring their families and friends to stay in our hotels, motels and eat in our restaurants.”

Van Wert said the alliance believes more businesses will be attracted to downtown Ticonderoga because of the students’ presence.

“Currently empty storefronts will be attractive to new businesses. Visitation and foot traffic will increase, and the downtown will grow.”

She said that ties into the Ti-Alliance’s grassroots vision of “A New Prosperity” for Ticonderoga.

“By co-locating college services in the downtown area, the college can serve as a catalyst for economic development,” Tyrell said. “There is more to be gained than housing if we work together to create a greater quality of life in the region.”

BOOSTING ENROLLMENT

The Ticonderoga campus has about 150 students now, and the availability of dormitory housing is expected to greatly increase those numbers.

“This public-private partnership represents a new approach,” Tyrell said. “North Country Community College and community leaders can create a shared vision for promoting economic development in the Ticonderoga area.”

NCCC has student dormitories at its main campus in Saranac Lake, but none at the Malone campus, although college leaders have said a feasibility study is in the works for that branch.

Email Lohr McKinstry: lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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