Foundation of FMCC considering leasing 55 acres of land on Route 67

JOHNSTOWN — The Foundation of Fulton-Montgomery Community College is reportedly considering leasing approximately 55 acres of land located across from the college campus on Bendick Corners Road and Route 67 to a solar provider.

FMCC Trustee Taiyebeh Ghazi-Moghadam reported the possible agreement between the Foundation and an undisclosed solar provider to the Board of Trustees on Thursday. Ghazi-Moghadam serves as the trustee representative to the Foundation Board of Directors.

Discussions are currently in the feasibility stages, said Ghazi-Moghadam, with a prospective lease agreement from the solar provider currently under review by the Foundation’s attorneys. Members of the Foundation’s executive committee and attorneys for both sides are expected to discuss the agreement during a conference call this week.

Foundation Executive Director and Chief Advancement Officer Lesley Lanzi noted that the approximately 55 acre property eyed by the solar provider makes up a portion of the roughly 150 acre parcel owned by the Foundation on Bendick Corners Road and Route 67 located across the street from the college campus to the east. The 55 acre section under consideration is located in the town of Amsterdam.

Years earlier FMCC and the Foundation planned to develop a “Global Village” on the 150 acre property to feature residential housing for 96 students, 45 open apartments geared towards young professionals, housing for senior citizens and a possible St. Mary’s Healthcare primary care center. The project was also to include 16,700 square feet of retail and restaurant space and meeting spaces aimed at bringing students of all cultures together.

The project was scrapped at the end of 2017 due to declining student enrollment in the midst of what was then described as a poor economic climate.

Lanzi was unable to immediately provide details on the scale of the solar project providers are considering for the site when asked by the Board of Trustees, but noted that the company is interested in leasing the 50 acre parcel rather than purchasing the land.

“We are in the finding stages,” she added.

By Josh Bovee

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