Groundbreaking closing in

Above is an artist’s rendering of the proposed Allen House. (Photo submitted)

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton-Montgomery Community College is getting closer to an official groundbreaking at the Allen House project.

FM President Dustin Swanger said during Thursday’s Board of Trustee’s meeting that ground breaking on the project should begin sometime this week.

The college is planning a formal ground breaking ceremony at the site on June 27.

Allen House will serve as the new building for the college’s foundation, which is currently housed at neighboring Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services building next to the college’s campus.

The foundation supports the college via endowments and other gifts among other services.

The new FMCC structure would contain a full-service kitchen and entertaining space for larger scale events.

The building will also hold several meeting rooms for conferences and other activities.

FMCC, in 2016, submitted a proposed $2.6 million 2017 capital project for the Allen House project.

There are no Fulton County or Montgomery County funds involved.

Part of the funds came from a $2 million donation from the late George and Frances Allen that was announced in April 2016.

Frances Allen — who died Dec. 12, 2015 — worked most of her life as a secretary for Amsterdam attorney Floyd J. Reinhart. George Allen died in 1989. He was 80. He worked in the construction field and assisted his brother, Louie Allen, at Louie Allen’s Pool Hall on Market Street in Amsterdam.

A total of $1.3 million each is expected from the State University of New York and the FMCC Foundation.

The college hopes to have the project completed by early 2018.

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