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Breaking Ground on BCC's Student Housing

(Source: Kate Thornton)

The ceremonial turning of the dirt with golden shovels marked the official ground-breaking on the first student housing on Broome Community College's campus.

President Dr. Kevin Drumm called Tuesday a milestone for BCC as an academic community.

"A 24/7 learning community instead of the few hours that students come and go," said Drumm.

Three hundred forty local, state, and even international students will have the chance to live on campus, and that "away from home" college experience.

"It's extraordinary as compared to resident complexes around the state where you have to get in your car and drive for a few miles to get to anything.  You can walk for just a few minutes to any of the (businesses across the street on Front Street) from here.  Overnight we're going to have a student village here," said Drumm.

But what made the ground-breaking so special was knowing all the obstacles that stood in the project's way.  The nearly ten year long journey to the new era on campus had its bumps in the road.

"The college can't build the housing project, so the (SUNY Broome) foundation has taken the reigns and got it started. We've done all the preliminary work, and we've gotten through financing, and now we're ready to begin construction!" said President of Broome Community College Development Corporation Margaret Turna.

Anticipation is high for a completion of the 18-million dollar project in the fall of 2014.

Town of Dickinson Supervisor Michael Marinaccio said the positive impact will go beyond the campus.

"We have over 300 students that are going to be coming here, living here, enjoying their school and also enjoying our various businesses along Front Street," said Marinaccio.

Students will have a choice of a standard double, single, or extra-roomy single room, as well as take advantage of new amenities. 

Model tours will be given to students who are interested this fall.


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