After spending many months gathering information and considering proposals for potential sites for a new downtown campus, the MCC Board of Trustees has recommended to the County that the new campus be located at space at the Kodak complex on State Street and Morrie Silver Way.
Q. Why choose the properties at State Street and Morrie Silver Way?
- The space gives our students the best possible opportunity to succeed in their education and find a job.
- It gives MCC the space needed to grow.
- It is the least expensive option.
- It is a location that MCC would own as opposed to leasing.
- It keeps the campus in the downtown Rochester area.
Q. Why not stay at the Sibley Building?
- Cost- Continued leasing at the Sibley Building isn’t the best financial investment for taxpayers. The cost of rehabilitating the property for MCC ownership exceeds the Kodak option by about $10 million.
- Safety issues- The Sibley Building is too empty, and there are many security and safety concerns in the area around the building.
- Room to grow- A significant growth in enrollment means the downtown campus needs better parking, safety and educational features than those offered by the Sibley Building -- even a rehabilitated Sibley Building.
Q. What are the benefits of a downtown campus?
- A much-needed educational option for a mostly urban, economically challenged population that is serious about academic achievement.
- An outstanding educational experience for all students. Students at MCC downtown deserve an environment that equals that of our suburban Brighton Campus. The disparities between the two campuses are stark and unacceptable.
- Strong economic benefits to the region. The MCC downtown campus contributes in many ways to the economic and social vibrancy of downtown Rochester.
- The development of students into a strong workforce for the Greater Rochester region.
Q. How is the State Street and Morrie Silver Way site more cost-efficient than the Sibley Building?
- Over these many months we, with our County partners and LaBella Engineers, developed cost and space analyses on many sites that looked promising. In the end, the site in the Kodak complex best met our core needs of best supporting our students and being financially viable. The Sibley Building did not.
- The cost of acquiring and renovating the State Street site is $10 million less expensive than the Sibley Building option.
Q. Why not have all MCC students attend the Brighton Campus?
- The MCC Brighton Campus doesn’t have the capacity to accommodate the nearly 3000 students who currently attend the downtown campus.
- According to SUNY space standards, Brighton Campus classroom space is already oversubscribed by 30 percent. Adding on to the Brighton Campus would further strain campus infrastructure (most obviously parking) and likely cost more than purchasing existing space in the downtown area.