Planners to meet with community on east campus building projects

SUNY Oswego will join local government officials to hold a public informational meeting Wednesday, April 28, to discuss the estimated $170 million redevelopment of the east side of campus, adjacent to the Ontario Heights residential neighborhood.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Sheldon Hall ballroom, with representatives of the college and the city, town and county of Oswego. Reservations are requested. Parking will be available in lot E-15, across from Sheldon Hall on Washington Boulevard, next to King Alumni Hall.

“We are very excited to meet with community residents to share information with them in advance of upcoming changes to east campus,” said Tom Simmonds, associate vice president for facilities. “The changes will not only improve the facilities, resulting in new buildings and new academic programs, but will also beautify the design and visual appeal of the campus adjacent to the Ontario Heights neighborhood.”

A series of construction and renovation projects will kick off this summer that will provide up to 350 construction jobs and give rise over the next three to four years to a new sciences complex connected conceptually and physically to renovated School of Education buildings. Projects will include renovation of Piez Hall, salvage and demolition of one of the current science buildings, Snygg Hall, renovations to Wilber and Park halls, and exterior renovation of historic Sheldon Hall.

“Renovation will include a remarkable series of changes over a three-year period that will transform, beautify and add value to college and community alike,” said Nancy Bellow, executive director of the college’s Office of Business and Community Relations. “We think residents will be pleased with the developments, and how the changes will improve not only campus facilities but also traffic flow and the overall neighborhood.”

For more information or to RSVP, contact OBCR at 312-3492 or by April 26.

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(Posted: Apr 23, 2010)