ONEONTA – The design phase of a $6 million building for the University Police Department and the Otsego County Law Enforcement Academy has begun, SUNY Oneonta announced today. Groundbreaking is expected in the summer of 2019.
“The idea for what we’re calling the Emergency Services Building grew out of our recognition that a law enforcement agency and related training facility have different needs than most college departments,” said Hal Legg, executive director of communication.
“We envision a modest, single-story building about 9,000 square feet in size, with purpose-built spaces for our police and the academy,” he said.
The university police and the academy now share space in Alumni Hall with the Office of Alumni Engagement.
College and city officials met today to discuss the project. The college also has begun informing residents in the Clinton Street and Ravine Parkway neighborhoods about it.
The new building would rise near the southern boundary of the college’s campus, adjacent to a commuter parking lot and uphill from the end of Clinton Street.
The college does not anticipate opening Clinton Street to traffic or creating any additional parking for this building.