Dorms are coming to Broome Community College.
Broome County lawmakers on Thursday approved two legislative measures critical to the development of a 336-bed student housing structure on the campus of BCC, an effort scheduled to begin as soon as next month.
“Any time plans come to fruition, that’s a good thing,” said Broome Community College President Kevin Drumm.
The $18.2 million project calls for the construction of a four-story, 180,000-square-foot dormitory on a 5.46-acre parcel at the corner of Upper Front Street and North College Drive.
Groundbreaking on the L-shaped structure, which will include 80 to 85 apartment units, is expected to begin between late April and July 1. The project is expected to be completed in time for the 2014-2015 academic year.
“It provides an opportunity for education 24/7,” Drumm said. “That’s a whole new way of looking at the world for what has long been a commuter community college.”