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Hudson Valley Community College Requesting Proposals to Lease Morrison Avenue Property for Student Housing

MEDIA CONTACT: Dennis Kennedy (518) 629-8071,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday., June 13, 2013

Hudson Valley Community College has issued a request for proposals (RFP) asking private companies to submit plans to acquire by ground lease the former Hy Rosenblum Administration Center property and develop student housing.

The 41-acre property, which sits on the corner of Morrison Ave. and Vandenburgh Ave., housed administrative offices and several other student support and academic departments through the 1980s and into the early 2000s. A former Roman Catholic seminary that was acquired by the college in the 1980s, the building has been unused for more than two years.

The request for proposals calls for bidders to submit plans that would include removal of the 91,000 square foot seminary and adjacent garage and the creation of student housing on the property. The agreement, if completed, would allow a private developer to acquire land by ground lease, finance, build and operate student housing independent from the college. Any development on the property also would be subject to traffic and environmental impact approval before moving forward.

“With the (Hy Rosenblum) structure deteriorating, we felt it was time to pursue this course of action and see what interest developers would have in partnering with the college to build student housing,” said President Drew Matonak. “We’re seeing greater interest in student residency near the college, and we would like to explore ideas on how to best utilize existing property.”

The only other structure currently on the property is a training house for students studying residential energy efficiency. That facility, which was completed in 2013, would remain intact.

The college is scheduled to open any submitted bids for the RFP on Aug. 16. A mandatory pre-bid conference and site visit is scheduled for June 19.

For the complete RFP and supporting documents, visit

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 13,250 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.