Construct new facility at ECC City Campus

County Executive Mark Poloncarz’s support for expansion of ECC North Campus is a mistake. In a shrinking region, we cannot afford to divide our investments. Why is the University at Buffalo pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus while Poloncarz is planning to expand ECC’s facilities in distant Amherst? Shouldn’t all SUNY institutions (of which ECC is part) be coordinating on regional economic development strategies?

It makes sense to build the new facility at the City Campus, where the county already owns two development sites directly adjacent to the campus. Many of the classes that are planned in the new facility are in the health sciences. Shouldn’t those students have their learning center in close proximity to the region’s premier medical research cluster at the Medical Campus?

According to the county’s own study, 52 percent of students attending the North Campus are city residents while only 9 percent are Amherst residents. Building the new facility at the City Campus makes sense economically and logistically and is in the best interest of all taxpayers.

Patrick McNichol