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Cayuga Community College buying former Neighborhood House child care site

Cayuga Community College is buying a shuttered former Auburn day care staple under a plan to expand the college’s child care program.

CCC’s board of trustees approved the $250,000 purchase agreement of the former Neighborhood House building on 81 Wall St. at a board meeting Thursday. The day care had been active for over 100 years before shutting down in 2016 amid financial struggles.

CCC has been arranging the acquisition with Five Star Bank. The board and Cayuga County Legislature approved a capital project focused on growing the college’s child care services in December. CCC is seeking $500,000 from the state for the efforts, while the college’s Faculty-Student Association had previously donated that same amount toward the project. If the project gains the state funding, CCC plans to start renovations by the summer with an eye on opening the building by late 2019 or by 2020.

CCC President Brian Durant said after the meeting that $250,000 would go toward buying the building, while CCC may direct up to $800,000 in renovations toward the facility. The revamped building is set to include two new classrooms plus cameras and other security measures to the building’s inside and outside, according to a news release on the purchase. The college is looking to bring in approximately 30 more students through the new acquisition. The county Legislature had previously approved the purchase of the Neighborhood House building, Durant said. He said after the meeting that if everything goes well, CCC hopes to close on the Wall Street property “in the coming weeks.”

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