MALONE — The Hotel Flanagan is included in expansion plans that North Country Community College has drawn up to make downtown Malone a college town.
The college also hopes to develop a hydropower project.
And NCCC wants to offer a four-year degree program, possibly related to food service, at its Malone campus, starting in the fall of 2014, that is expected to generate jobs and downtown retail opportunities. That would be done in partnership with another, unnamed college.
Officials said the expansion could mean 120 to 150 additional students, which would be in line with the college’s goal of increasing its enrollment.
NCCC will seek funding through private investors, the North Country Regional Economic Development Council and other sources to make its plans a reality.
The Malone Town Council endorsed the college’s Consolidated Funding Application to the Regional Council at its meeting Wednesday night.
“It’s very exciting,” said Town Supervisor Howard Maneely. “This will really help bring Main Street back, and it will be nice to have students back in the community.”
He noted that after World War II, Clarkson College had a satellite campus in Malone, “so it will be good for the community to have the students, and they spend money.”
The plan includes using a portion of the Flanagan Hotel, which has been vacant since an arson fire gutted the structure in 1997.
Maneely said he isn’t sure what the development there will involve, but said a major announcement is planned for the first week in August.
College President Dr. Steven Tyrell spoke to Franklin County legislators about the plans last week, saying it is part of a five-year strategy to partner with private investors and state agencies to create jobs in Malone, Saranac Lake and Ticonderoga.
Tyrell said he envisions creating a “college-town atmosphere” in each community that brings students into closer contact with each municipality.