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SCCC to add cafe, convenience store

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Schenectady County Community College is adding a cafe and convenience store inside Elston Hall to revitalize a long-dormant space and provide students — especially those in the housing across the street — with a place to get a quick bite to eat. The college is seeking bids from construction management firms for a project to renovate a 3,000-square-foot space that formerly housed the student commons and lounge in the building. In addition to the convenience ...

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October 8, 2012
8:13 p.m.

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It seems the community college, instead of merging with the city, is developing a "student ghetto" at the western edge of the city.

Instead of students becoming part of the community, going out to the convenience stores such as those already at State/Church, State/Erie, Erie/Greene, and other places the college wants to keep the students close by.

Instead of waiting for private business come in to create stores and cafes in or near buildings surrounding the new dorma, plans are underway to turn those lots into non-taxable parkland, again as a benefit for (mostly) the students at the dorms.

If having nearby cafes, stores, services, etc was so important to "dorm students", then why wasn't the dorm built closer to existing services?

Finally, I want to point out that while the college speaks of a need "to revitalize a long-dormant (3000 sq ft) space", they are leasing space that they supposedly don't have enough of at Center City.

Chairwoman McGraw and President Bullock: cancel rent on 3 thousand feet of Center City space and use that "long-dormant" space at 78 Washington Ave for TEACHING.