Clarkson Takes Next Step In Revitalizing Downtown Campus

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Clarkson University has taken the next step toward redeveloping its downtown Potsdam campus.

Clarkson officials announced Monday they accepted a proposal from Omni Housing Development and Sequence Development to redevelop the Congdon Hall (at right in the above photo) and downtown Snell Hall (at left) buildings.

The buildings were the core of the Clarkson campus for many years, until the university moved completely onto its Hill Campus on the outskirts of town several years ago.

Uses for the buildings will be mixed. There will be business incubator space for artists, changing gallery exhibits, professionally equipped art studios, and interactive learning stations for K-12 students interested in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

That's part of the Regional Arts and Interactive Learning Project (RAIL), an innovative collaboration between the St. Lawrence County Arts Council and the North Country Children's Museum.

The project will also feature residential units designed for graduate and postdoctoral students, and market-rate housing for professionals.

In a news release, university officials said the plan is to bring more economic activity into businesses and cultural offerings to Potsdam's downtown, provide housing options for Clarkson's growing graduate student population, and "create dynamic opportunities for entrepreneurship and learning in the 21st century."

The buildings were originally part of the Potsdam Normal School, which became SUNY Potsdam, before the school moved to its current location on Pierrepont Avenue.

See the news release.

See our earlier coverage of the downtown campus project.

Friday, August 1, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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