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JCC dorm groundbreaking will have to wait a few more weeks

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It may be several more weeks before the groundbreaking for Jefferson Community College’s residence hall takes place.

Jefferson Community College President Carole A. McCoy said there still are some details, such as finalizing the financing for the project, to be worked out before construction can begin.

“We want to have everything finalized before we publicly break ground,” she said. “There are so many moving pieces, and we have tremendous cooperation with the city and the county.”

In September, Mrs. McCoy anticipated the groundbreaking for the $17.5 million, 290-unit dormitory project to take place near April 1 after nailing down the financing in March.

“We are working with the bank to finalize our financing with them and there are a lot of steps in getting that done,” she said.

She did not reveal which bank the college is working with, because no contract has been signed yet.

The college is working with the city of Watertown to have the site plan approved and Jefferson County to have the land where the dormitory will be turned over to the Faculty-Student Association.

The dormitory is being built as a part of the community college’s 2008 master plan to keep the college competitive with other two-year schools and attract students from nearby Lewis, St. Lawrence and Oswego counties. In prior interviews, Mrs. McCoy said the college also hopes the residence hall will add vibrancy to campus life.

The architectural renderings of the project were revealed at the college’s annual breakfast in October. Double rooms were estimated at $6,500 per academic year and single rooms were estimated at $7,400 per year,

Mrs. McCoy still anticipates the dormitory will be fully furnished and ready to be opened on time.

“There’s a schedule for all the pieces,” she said. “I can’t wait to break ground. Everyone’s working for the opening in fall 2014.”

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