Allen House nears completion

Construction progress at Fulton Montgomery Community College's Allen House is shown on Sept. 21. (The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor)

GLOVERSVILLE — Fulton-Montgomery Community College is on track to take over ownership of the Allen House next month.

During the Dec. 22 board of trustees meeting, College President Dustin Swanger said the college is expected to take over the building on Jan. 23.

Ground was broken on the new building in June. Swanger said the project got a little behind schedule earlier this year, but is on back on track.

“There will still be work to be done in the spring,” Swanger said.

Sod will need to be put down later in 2018 and there is some outside painting to do.

It is being constructed in part through a donation by the late George and Frances Allen of Amsterdam. The couple left FMCC $2 million. A matching grant from the state is helping with the construction

Allen House will serve as the offices for the college president, provost and foundation executive. The building will also have a kitchen and event room, along with a board room meeting space.

The Allen House will also host some student events, along with hosting state and local government officials as well as to fundraise and friendraise. FM officials have said Allen House will allow the student union to really be a space just for the students.

∫ The college is gearing up for the return of the TED x FMCC on Jan. 31.

Board President Jennifer Gardella said the event is put on by the Fulton Montgomery Young Professionals Network of the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Swanger said the theme of the event will be taking what the area has and rethinking how it can be reused, including buildings.

“I think it is going to be a really interesting session,” Swanger said.

The second TEDx event will start at 6 p.m. in Raiders Cove. Featured speakers include: Aneesa Waheed, entrepreneur and restaurateur; Barbara Madonna, director, Gloversville Public Library; Doug Plummer, mayor, trustee, actor, hospitality expert; Tolga Morawski, director of board, Mohawk Valley Collective, and Jason Radalin, assistant professor at Fulton-Montgomery Community College.

∫ The next “Fifth Friday” speaker series will return on March 30 at 11:30 p.m. Trustee Taiyebeh Ghazi-Moghadam said the topic will focus on the opioid crisis in the region.

The event will be held at the new Allen House building on campus.

∫ Ghazi-Moghadam said the college’s foundation has also been awarded $500,000 in funding to remodel the college’s theater. She said there is also a commitment from Stewart’s Shops of $75,000.