Aviation studies center would cost $8 million
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.”