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November 18, 2013

NCCC moving forward with Malone campus expansion

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The top three floors of the Flanagan would be developed privately as a hotel property.

HYDRO, AGRICULTURE

Phase 2 of NCCC’s Malone  project includes refurbishing of the River Street Building — the site on the Salmon River that houses the hydroelectric generator — and three floors above it.

The upper floors are slated to be converted into controlled-environment agriculture rooms, part of a new NCCC program being developed in connection with Cornell Cooperative Extension, Hest said.

The hydroelectric plant is being restored by a private company in Malone.

“The college is working with a private developer, TAP Industries, based in Malone,” Hest said, “and would purchase power from the hydro plant.” 

The hydropower plant would bring a 350-kilowatt generator online, providing power for NCCC kilns and forges and for its agricultural-technology programs.

Other rooms in what the college calls the “River building” would become incubator space for businesses working with students in startup agricultural and related tech companies. 

STUDENT HOUSING

“Phase 2 also includes the development of student housing. We are looking to renovate the former dormitories of the Ursuline nuns, which are now vacant,” Hest said.

Phase 3 of NCCC’s Malone project proposes additional college infrastructure downtown.

It is likely that state funding awards will be announced in December, according to Garry Douglas, co-chair of the North Country’s Regional Council.

Via email, Douglas said he couldn’t comment on any of the pending applications from around the region.

“The Regional Council helps score projects through an objective process, with 80 percent of scoring being done by the relevant state agencies. No decisions have been announced on this year’s CFA process. We expect the state will announce outcomes sometime in December,” Douglas said.

‘EMERGING CONCEPT’

Hest says the restoration project looks to integrate NCCC into the larger Malone community.

“The vision that Steve has of becoming more integrated is an emerging concept,” Hest said.

“The initiative in a community like Malone with what Dr. Tyrell has proposed provides a road map for improving downtown.”

Email Kim Smith Dedam:kdedam@pressrepublican.com

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