Corning Community College has been awarded another $2.5 million in state funding under Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Upstate Revitalization Initiative, and now has the $6 million it needs to move forward with building its planned downtown facility for its nursing and other healthcare-related programs.
Corning Community College has been awarded another $2.5 million in state funding under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Upstate Revitalization Initiative, and now has the $6 million it needs to move forward with building its planned downtown facility for its nursing and other healthcare-related programs.
The college recently got notification from the Empire State Development Corp. - the state agency that is supplying the funding - that the entire $6 million will be granted, said Dr. Kate Douglas, CCC president.
The college is negotiating exactly how the money will be distributed, but the contract with ESD should be finalized by the end of March, Douglas said.
CCC was awarded $3.5 million for the project last December through the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council under the state’s annual funding competition.
Then the college applied through the Council for another $2.5 million under Cuomo’s Upstate Revitalization Initiative, the one-time stimulus also known as the governor’s “Hunger Games.” It will come from the pot of $500 million over five years awarded to the Southern Tier in December.
The new facility will occupy a section of the old Corning Hospital site on Denison Parkway. Guthrie plans to demolish the hospital this year and do soil remediation, then sell the property to Riedman Associates, a Rochester developer, in 2017.
Riedman Associates will oversee the design and construction of the new CCC facility, to be called the Health and Education Center.
“We’ll work with their architects,” Douglas said. “They’ve been great about including us, particularly about including our nursing faculty, because the nursing school would be the anchor program down there. Riedman has been terrific about inviting our nursing faculty into the conversation to make sure that programmatically, the design gets that school what they want.”
Offering both credit and non-credit workforce development programs, the facility would train workers for the healthcare industry, a projected growth area both in upstate New York and nationally.
The facility would serve as a “gateway” to the college, as all traffic heading up Chemung Street to the main Spencer Hill campus would pass by, she added.
The CCC facility would be the first phase of the redevelopment of the old hospital site, said Tom Tranter, co-chair of the Southern Tier Regional Council.
That’s because it will sit on a section of the property that isn’t currently occupied by the old hospital, so it won’t need soil remediation, Tranter said.
The new CCC facility is targeted to open either in the fall of 2017 or fall of 2018.
The second phase will involve market-rate apartments and some commercial space, likely a credit union, Tranter said. The third phase will include townhouses, he said.
Overall, about $30 million worth of future investment is projected at the site, according to Jamie Johnson, executive director of the Steuben County Industrial Development Agency, which is providing a package of tax incentives to Guthrie to assist with the demolition process.
Riedman’s plans will need final approval from the City of Corning. Steve Dennis, the city’s director of planning and economic development, has called it “a very significant project” for downtown that will boost the city’s housing stock.