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Proposal to Move MCC Downtown Campus to Kodak Building Clears Another Hurdle

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Rochester: Proposal to Move MCC Downtown Campus to Kodak Building Clears Another Hurdle
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A proposal to move Monroe Community College's downtown campus to the former Kodak site on State Street cleared another hurdle.

The measure passed the legislature Ways and Means Committee by the vote of 9-1 on Wednesday night.

Before the vote, Boston development company Winn Development made another pitch to keep MCC's downtown campus right where it is: in the Sibley Building in downtown Rochester.

The bill the committee passed would authorize the purchase of five different buildings on the Kodak site at State Street for $3 million.

It's a move recommended by the college's Board of Trustees, but Winn says the new plan includes retrofitting the Sibley Building and saving taxpayers $18 million.

"What's important to note is that these reworked plans meet every criteria that the college has put out for Kodak, but we've done it in a more efficient manner and it's going to be done with private dollars," said Gilbert Winn.

"What was interesting about the Winn Development proposal is that it came to us at 4:35 p.m. today for a committee meeting that started at 6 p.m.," said Anne Kress, MCC president. "This is within a context when the board recommended the Kodak site in December 2011, and the legislature bonded those dollars in December of 2012. So it's really difficult for us to take seriously a proposal that comes in that last minute."

The full legislature is expected to vote on the move to the Kodak site on State Street February 12th.

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