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County/MCC Takes Another Step Toward Establishing New Downtown Campus

Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and MCC President Anne M. Kress are proud to announce that the County completed the purchase of Eastman Kodak Company property for Monroe Community College’s new downtown campus early this afternoon.

"For more than a decade, MCC students, faculty, and staff have waited patiently for local leaders to work together and deliver a state-of-the-art Downtown campus fitting of the College's world-class academic reputation," said Brooks. "Today we reached another milestone in that long journey when Monroe County, acting as the College's primary government sponsor, completed the purchase of MCC's future State Street home. I would like to thank President Kress, the MCC Board of Trustees, the MCC student body, SUNY Chancellor Zimpher, and the strong bi-partisan support of the Monroe County Legislature for advancing this important project."

The purchase received unanimous support from the SUNY Board of Trustees and was authorized by the Monroe County Legislature in February for $2.999 million.

“Finalizing this sale puts us one step closer to transforming our temporary presence downtown into a permanent one,” said Kress. “My thanks go to County Executive Brooks and her team, the Monroe County Legislature, the SUNY Board of Trustees, the MCC Board of Trustees and the thousands of other individuals who have supported our search for a campus that meets the standard this community deserves: a campus that balances fiscal responsibility with inspiration for our students.”

The process of securing architectural services for the design of the new campus is underway. The College hopes to occupy its permanent downtown campus in 2017.

"As a longtime supporter of a downtown campus, I'm glad to see MCC moving into the Kodak Building,” said Kenneth Warner, Executive Director, UNICON. “I believe that this move will bring jobs to local labor and will make great advancements for the downtown atmosphere. Congratulations to President Kress and everyone else who has worked hard on this project."

The new Downtown Campus has the strong support of the MCC students, who have long supported the Kodak site.

“I want to express my sincere gratitude to everyone who played a role in making this day happen, making this move possible,” said Deborah L. Leach, who is Damon City Campus Student Events and Governance Association (SEGA) President, 2013-14. “It means so much to us at Damon City Campus to have a place to call our own. Because of this move we will be able to house more students and more programs. This move gives us more green space, more places for students to gather. It will also allow us to hold more quality events for our students.”


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Monroe County Department of Communications at 585-753-1080
Cynthia Cooper, Monroe Community College at 585-292-3015

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