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FLCC to expand with new horticulture facility thanks to federal funding

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Finger Lakes Community College is set to receive a $1 million boost from the federal government for the construction of a new horticulture and greenhouse facility. Announced on March 13, 2024, the funding, secured by U.S. Senator Charles Schumer in the latest appropriations bill signed by President Joe Biden, marks a significant step forward in FLCC’s plan to enhance its main campus as part of an upcoming facilities master plan.

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President Robert Nye of FLCC highlighted the importance of the new construction, noting it as a key element in the college’s future growth. The planned facility will replace the old greenhouse, opened in 1979, with a state-of-the-art structure designed to optimize sunlight exposure and feature advanced hydroponic systems along with modern temperature and humidity controls. The project aims to support the college’s horticulture and viticulture programs, which currently enroll over 120 students.

This financial commitment from the federal government, matched by state funds and supplemented by private donations, including a significant contribution from the estate of Adrienne O’Brien, underscores a community and governmental effort to advance education in the Finger Lakes region. The college, in partnership with Ontario County, is set to finalize its master plan in May, with future steps including hiring an architect to develop concept plans for the new facility.