Updated 08/07/2012 04:23 PM
SCCC's first college suites to open later this month
Construction crews broke ground last November and they're almost ready for residents to move in. Our Beth Croughan got a look inside the new student housing facility for Schenectady County Community College.
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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – Full sized beds and appliances, central air and wireless internet. Those are some of the amenities you'll find if you peak inside one of the fully furnished suites at 117 Washington Avenue in Schenectady.
"I believe the monthly rent is $635 per month," said SCCC President Dr. Quintin Bullock.
And at the end of this month, the building will be ready for its renters to move in. It was built specifically for students at Schenectady County Community College.
"Being a student myself, a former student myself, living in the dorm. This is not a dorm. This is luxury housing," said College Suites Resident Director David Lee.
The more than $10 million project aims to attract increased interest from outside of the area. The college expects this to grow, its already increasing enrollment by one and a half percent this year.
"We have some persons from as far as the, I think is Oneida County, right outside of Syracuse, and the outskirts of other areas. They're coming into our air traffic control, because we're one of the few community colleges that have that program," said Bullock of where some of the students have come from.
The housing complex, just across the street from campus, can sleep 264 students. And the Chair of SCCC's Board of Trustees hopes they'll embrace the community as much as the college.
"Living. Breathing. Selling. Buying. And that's what we really, that's our message. We are here, we are an important part of the community, and we are an economic driver," said SCCC Board of Trustees Chair Denise Murphy McGraw.
The President of SCCC said they've already filled about half of the beds and are optimistic for the fall. The housing complex is owned by the Troy-based United Group.