The nine-month transformation from a vacant grocery store to a state-of-the-art college campus has been completed.
Cayuga Community College will host a dedication and ribbon cutting Friday, Sept. 14 at 2:30 p.m. to celebrate the completion of construction at its new Fulton Campus at River Glen, 11 River Glen Dr., Fulton.
Friday’s ceremony will mark the completion of the $16.1 million construction of the 82,150-square-foot campus in the former P&C grocery store.
In late August, the campus opened its doors to 1,100 students who are currently enrolled at the Fulton site.
For more than 30 years, Cayuga Community College has offered coursework in Oswego County, beginning with nursing courses in 1979 at the Mexico BOCES.
In 1994, the college began offering liberal arts classes in rented classrooms in downtown Fulton.
In 2001, the college moved into 50,000 square feet in the Fulton Commons mall on Broadway to educate the 500 students then enrolled.
In fewer than 10 years, student enrollment at the Fulton Campus more than doubled, reaching a total of 1,256 students in 2010.
During weekday peak times, classroom utilization was at 100 percent and fell just to 85 to 90 percent during the slow times.
After a year of investigating possible sites, the college purchased the former P&C building in the River Glen Plaza.
This site adjoined an additional 28,690 square feet of storefront space immediately available for rental.
In the spring of 2011, the college, through its local sponsor Cayuga County, purchased the P&C property as well as 45 acres of undeveloped land adjacent to the River Glen Plaza.
A few months later, the College Foundation formed the CCCF River Glen Holdings, the non-profit subsidiary, to purchase the major portion of the River Glen property in Fulton.
The foundation invested $9.4 million to become the owner of the 25-acres plaza and the 124,000 square feet of storefronts.