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Ground broken for new residence hall

MORRISVILLE, NY – July 18, 2005 – Construction has begun on Morrisville Commons, a new residence hall for Morrisville State College students.

The project is being completed by the Morrisville College Foundation, Inc. (MCF), utilizing a Madison County Industrial Development Agency bond mechanism and is expected to cost a total of $12 million. The building will be located on a 7.5 acre parcel of land on South Street which is owned by MCF.

Built in apartment-style units, Morrisville Commons will house up to 244 students. Each apartment will feature four bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen and living area.

MCF officials believe the new residence hall will benefit the college in several ways.

“As the college offers more bachelor degrees, the number of 20- to 25-year-old students will increase,” John Angerosa, MCF treasurer, said. “Upper-division students have indicated a preference for this kind of housing, which affords them more privacy and autonomy.”

The addition of air-conditioned units with full kitchens will also give the college the ability to offer a residential summer session.

Finally, an additional residence hall will allow the college to rehabilitate existing residence halls one by one in the next 20 years.

“The availability of Morrisville Commons will preclude any space issues which would arise as a result of the combination of projected growth in the college’s student population and the need to renovate existing residence halls,” Angerosa said.

The building is expected to be completed next summer so that students may move in to the building in August 2006. It will then be operated by the Morrisville Auxiliary Corporation.

The Quandel Group is responsible for the design and construction of the project.