March 17, 2010


Moose lodge building razed for TC3 project

Contractor will finish up work in 2 weeks as college to present plans to city on Monday


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Jason Moon of A.J Montclair pulls down a block wall of the former Cortland Moose Lodge on south Main Street Tuesday morning. Tompkins Cortland Community College plans to put a building on the site.

Staff Reporter

Demolition has begun on the former Moose Lodge and Robbins Vending buildings on south Main Street, and the work is expected to be completed within two weeks.
Cortland County Maintenance Supervisor Brian Parker said the demolition was scheduled to start March 8 but began Monday because the subcontractor, Central Square-based- A.J. Montclair Inc., needed to get authority to disconnect utilities.
Legislature Chairman Jack Williams granted that authority and demolition commenced, Parker said.
The demolition is going smoothly, according to A.J. Montclair.
The site will be taken over by Tompkins Cortland Community College as part of a land swap between the county and TC3, creating a new Cortland extension site. The county will receive TC3’s current extension building on West Court Street in the city.
Under the agreement, the college will build a larger, 8,000- to 10,000-square-foot academic building on the south Main Street site. Approximately seven or eight classrooms, holding about 25 students each, will be constructed on the site.
The county would move its Horizon House adult-care program to the approximately 3,400-square foot West Court Street building currently used by TC3.
Cortland County will continue to use a storage facility on the south Main Street site, formerly the location of Robbins Vending.
Director of, Martha Hubbard, said the college anticipates the classroom space will be open by summer 2011.
The college will present its proposed plans Monday to the city Planning Commission.
The presentation will show the facility’s design and location, Hubbard said.
College officials have said the project includes a one-story building with an entrance off south Main Street and a parking lot with 50 to 60 spaces.
The building would have seven to eight classrooms, computer labs, and space for students and faculty to meet. It is expected to allow TC3 to expand its offerings in Cortland from 50 courses per year to 75.
The county initially purchased the site in 2007 for a mental health facility, but dropped the plan after neighbors raised concerns. The county tried to withdraw its purchase agreements but a court ordered the county to go through with the transaction. A proposal to move the county’s Area Agency on Aging Office to the site was also abandoned.
Bob Ross, assistant to TC3 president Carl Haynes for real estate acquisition and development, said the college hopes the classrooms will be ready for use by the fall semester of 2011.
Once demolition on south Main Street is complete, said Ross, and the site has been determined to be environmentally clean, then the property transfer will be executed. TC3 will continue to use the extension center on West Court Street until the new classroom space is ready to be occupied.


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