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MetroCenter changes location

by Kiara Alfonseca - Editor-in-Chief

Campus merges with REOC to cut spending

Tue, Jan 31st 2017 10:00 pm
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NO MORE METROCENTER: Brockport's Rochester MetroCenter building is moving classes out of the building.
Tara Kiah/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER NO MORE METROCENTER: Brockport's Rochester MetroCenter building is moving classes out of the building.
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 In Fall 2018, The College at Brockport's MetroCenter will complete its move to REOC, taking over the vacant fifth floor of the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center's 165 Chestnut St. location.

Only a 12-minute walk away from its current location at 55 Saint Paul St., all of the MetroCenter's classes, operations and resources will be moved, to capacity, into the space. The divestiture of the MetroCenter will save the college approximately $500,000 annually - an asset to the $3 million in savings the Presidential Task Force on Budget and Planning has been accruing to fill a deficit, according to a press release. 

The MetroCenter's building, with costly upkeep, houses graduate classes in: nursing, public administration, social work, educational administration, counselor education and more. It will be auctioned off by the New York State Office of General Services, according to the press release.

The "turn-of-the-century" building, designed by renowned architect Claude Bragdon, spends more than it takes in. Parking can't be expanded at the location and often times rooms do not function best as classrooms, according to Brockport President Heidi R. Macpherson. 

"The College at Brockport is committed to having a visible and viable presence in Rochester," Macpherson said in a statement. 

Located in downtown Rochester, the MetroCenter and REOC, both of which report back to the college, are actively involved in the city life with programs like the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative.

Commute-wise, there won't be a drastic change for students because of the proximity of the REOC to the current MetroCenter location, but the REOC facility is becoming a core piece of the college's presence in the City of Rochester.

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