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SUNY Oneonta defers townhouse development

By WKTV News

ONEONTA, N.Y. – SUNY Oneonta has postponed construction of a townhouse facility that originally had been scheduled to open to students in 2014. The complex, projected to house nearly 200 students, was planned in response to the college's 2010 New Student Housing Program Study, which concluded that the campus could support approximately 600 additional beds.

SUNY Oneonta President Nancy Kleniewski, in a campus-wide announcement earlier today, said that the likelihood of a private company entering the college student housing market in Oneonta led to the choice to defer the townhouses.

"We determined it would be prudent to postpone this project indefinitely," said Kleniewski. "Building costs, funding challenges and a proposal by a private developer to build an apartment complex with student housing in mind on land near the Hunt Union all contributed to this decision."

The college also began communicating the decision this morning to neighbors who had expressed an interest in staying abreast of progress on the townhouses. Emails were sent to many residents who had participated in open forums held by the college last year to discuss the project.

"We've welcomed and appreciated input on the townhouse proposal from members of the community," said SUNY Oneonta Director of Communications Hal Legg. "Our neighbors contributed greatly to the process, and it was important for us to share this latest update with them."

The college will revisit its assessment of housing needs. Work on other construction projects on campus will continue as planned.

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