The Cayuga County Legislature tonight approved the purchase of 45 acres of undeveloped land that is adjacent to the site of the planned Cayuga Community College Fulton Campus expansion. The county expects to receive half of the total $495,000 purchase price back from New York State.
The Legislature’s vote follows on the heels of its March 21 approval to purchase the former P&C Foods building in the River Glen Plaza in Fulton for $950,000. That building will become the new home of the College’s Fulton Campus by Fall 2012.
The College intends to move the Fulton Campus from its current 50,000-square-foot space in the Fulton Commons on West Broadway Street/Route 3 into the larger River Glen space.
The state has committed to funding half of the $11.3 million needed to renovate the former P&C Foods building. The county will bond for the remaining half, which the College will pay back through its own fund balance and through “chargebacks” that other counties pay when their residents take Cayuga Community College courses.
The 45 acres, currently owned by Mark Eagan of Fulton, is located along the north side of Interstate 481 in the town of Volney and meets up with the eastern end of the River Glen Plaza. The properties sit on a small hill at the intersection of the major, divided highway Interstate 481 and Route 57 at the southeast end of Fulton.
The land purchase ensures the College will have room to expand in future years and to meet the needs of its Fulton Campus students, possibly including the creation of athletic fields or outdoor leisure areas.
“This plot of land will enable the College to grow in a thoughtful, well-planned progression in the coming years,” said Cayuga Community College President Daniel Larson. “In 2001, we had approximately 680 students enrolled at our Fulton Campus. Today, that number is more than 1,260, and we anticipate that number could double in a few years as we’re able to accommodate more students in our new, larger campus facility.”
The potential for growth at the Fulton Campus is great, as U.S. Census data indicate that the Oswego County population (121,395) is approximately 52 percent larger than Cayuga County (79,823). Data also show that 58 percent of Oswego County residents 25 years and older have earned a high school diploma or equivalent, but do not hold college degrees.
The River Glen Plaza offers some vacant storefronts, which the College could lease as needed if enrollment continues to grow on the Fulton Campus.