Avi­a­tion stud­ies cen­ter would cost $8 mil­lion

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - Mid-Hud­son News Net­work

POUGH­KEEP­SIE >> Con­struc­tion of a pro­posed Dutchess Com­mu­nity Col­lege avi­a­tion cen­ter at the Dutchess County Air­port would carry an $8 mil­lion price tag for a new build­ing.

The pro­posal by County Ex­ec­u­tive Marc Moli­naro and the col­lege first was an­nounced in Moli­naro’s an­nual bud­get ad­dress last week. More de­tail was pro­vided to county law­mak­ers Thurs­day evening.

The 32,000-square-foot build­ing would have 8,000 square feet of class­room space, 12,000 square feet of hangar space and 12,000 square feet of leased space, said Deputy County Ex­ec­u­tive Wil­liam O’Neill, who said the cur­ricu­lum will bring more eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties to the air­port.

“It is a cat­alytic type of project that will en­cour­age de­vel­op­ers and other en­trepreneurs to look at our air­port and con­sider where our fu­ture is and, per­haps, in­vest in de­vel­op­ment in and around it,” O’Neill said. “The ex­panded ed­u­ca­tional cur­ricu­lum, I think, is very pos­i­tive for the col­lege and, also, it gives the stu­dents some ex­panded di­verse eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

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