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Swanger lays out plans for student housing

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton-Montgomery Community College President Dustin Swanger on Monday briefed the Fulton County Board of Supervisors on a new housing project for students.

“What we’re proposing is an eight-acre plot of land surrounded by Route 67,” Swanger said.

Swanger made his comments at the supervisors’ board meeting at the county office building. Fulton County supervisors set the hearing to receive comments regarding a proposed local law to transfer certain property to the Fulmont College Association for the development of student housing.

The purpose of the local law is to authorize the Fulton County Board of Supervisors to sell lands owned by Fulton and Montgomery counties as joint FMCC tenants for $32,000 to Fulmont College Association for the housing.

Swanger said this student housing capital project will occur in the future.

Additional student housing is “part of the vision” of the proposed Global Village, he said.

Global Village is a planned development that would include restaurants, retail and senior living near the campus.

The Fulton-Montgomery Community College Board of Trustees in December approved the sale of a parcel of land to the Fulmont College Association for a student housing project the college wants to build.

FMCC is hoping to construct student housing for 100 students on a plot of land located on Bendick Corners Road and Route 67, between the towns of Amsterdam and Mohawk. The 8.062 acres of land is considered surplus.

The FCA is a nonprofit independent provider to FMCC, which owns student housing.

The funds will not be kept by the college, however. Half of the proceeds will go to the state University of New York with the remaining $16,000 being split evenly between Fulton and Montgomery counties.

The FCA’s board of directors approved the purchase of the land during its Nov. 16 meeting. The sale will still need to be approved by the Fulton County Board of Supervisors, the Montgomery County Legislature and the SUNY Board of Trustees.

The current on-campus housing includes Fulton and Montgomery halls, which feature two double bedrooms, a living/dining room, and one bathroom per suite.

Raider Hall, which opened in 2012, features two single and one double room per suite with a living room and bathroom.

The college currently has 288 residential beds between Raider Hall, Fulton Hall and Montgomery Hall. The college also has housing at the Microtel by Wyndham for international students, but is not currently using it.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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