FM’s President Swanger: The Global Village is dead
Declining enrollments and weak economy key factors
JOHNSTOWN –The Global Village project will not be going forward currently according to Fulton-Montgomery Community College President Dustin Swanger.
Swanger announced during Thursday’s Board of Trustee’s meeting that the project was not moving forward at this time. He cited a lack of need for extra student housing and the current economic climate as reasons the project will not be going forward.
“I think the Global Village project is dead. It’s not going to move forward,” he said. “We don’t need additional student housing right now. The economy isn’t supporting our moving forward, so I think it’s on hold. Maybe sometime in the future, but not now.”
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.
The Global Village was to include 96 beds of additional student housing, 45 open apartments as housing for young professionals, housing for senior citizens, and a possible St. Mary’s Healthcare primary care center. The project would also include 16,700 square feet of retail and restaurant space and more of a meeting place to join students of all cultures.
Global Village in December 2015 received a $3.7 million award through the state. That funding goes to the Fulmont College Association, which provides services at FMCC. The money will pay for infrastructure improvements for the 150-acre development project.
Swanger said the college’s Foundation purchased the land several years ago, so they can do something with that property located near Route 67 and Bendick Corners Road.
“So we are going to start thinking about what we can do. We might do something else with that property,” Swanger said.
Kerry Minor can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.