Schenectady County

Proposed SCCC dorm bigger, in new location

The developers of a proposed dormitory for Schenectady County Community College students will unveil
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The developers of a proposed dormitory for Schenectady County Community College students will unveil revised plans tonight to the city’s Planning Commission.

The dormitory is now slated to be built by Columbia Development and BBL Construction next to the Armory on Washington Avenue and will include more than 300 beds, up from 215 in the original plan.

Developers chose to delay the project — which was supposed to be completed by August — after many more students than expected said they wanted to live in the dorm.

The original site, off South Church Street, was not large enough for a bigger dorm. Residents who lived nearby also complained that there would not be enough parking spaces, predicting that students would take up all the street spaces rather than parking in their own lot near the dorm.

Now, the South Church Street site will become a public parking lot, Metroplex Development Authority Chairman Ray Gillen said. Students and residents will be allowed to use it.

SCCC would not technically own the dorm, but its nonprofit foundation would, allowing the college to get around a state law that prohibits community colleges from owning housing.

College officials have floated ideas about housing for years, as its music, culinary arts and aviation science programs have grown. All three departments draw students from outside the area.

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