JCC To Add 'Curb Appeal,' Go Green

JCC To Add 'Curb Appeal,' Go Green

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A one million dollar project to add curb appeal and continue a 'green' campus initiative will get underway this year at Jefferson Community College in Watertown.

The main road leading onto campus at JCC is getting an overhaul.

"That road is deteriorating. It's been here for a long time...so we really needed to get that fixed," said Dan Dupee, Vice-President for Administration and Finance.

Aside from a simple restoration, the college hopes to put in two roundabouts, or traffic circles.

One will be located at the first intersection when you enter campus, and the other in front of the Jules Center.

That's the first half of the project. The second prong is focused on the college's green campus initiative.

The college plans to put in more of what are called bioswales, rock covered areas which collect water runoff from the road and help keep it from trickling down into the Black River.

"It's a pretty good decline down to the river so water just goes right down that," Dupee said.

The bioswales will also provide a teaching opportunity for some of JCC's science programs.

"Whether it's taking soil samples, doing studies on how much we are removing from going down into the Black River. Those are all things that are being researched by our geology professor," Dupee said.

About $900,000, the majority of the funding for the project, comes from a grant through the state's Regional Economic Development Council.

The college is matching a quarter of the grant.

Construction is expected to begin in the summer.

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