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College Buys Three Properties, Leases Space for Welding Program

Pennsylvania College of Technology has purchased three properties at the north end of its main campus to expand parking, and the college has leased another property in Williamsport to house its welding program while extensive renovations take place at an on-campus instructional facility.

The college recently finalized the purchase of 1100 W. Third St., 313 Susquehanna St. and 1109 Vine Ave. for $478,400.

Penn College Senior Vice President William J. Martin said the college will seek a permit from the City of Williamsport to demolish the structures on each of the properties in order to increase parking on the main campus.

The properties are adjacent to existing college parking lots near the Klump Academic Center and the Penn College Police Office/Penn’s Loft on West Third Street and the Center for Business & Workforce Development on West Fourth Street.

The Penn College Board of Directors approved acquisition of the properties during its October meeting. At the same meeting, the board approved the leasing of temporary space for the welding program in order to accommodate Stage X Building Program renovations. Welding will be relocated for the Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 semesters to the former Eureka Paper Box Co. facility at 401 Eureka Place. The college is leasing the space from Gunga Enterprises, Williamsport, Martin said.

Preparations have begun to move the entire welding shop to the new site, including associated equipment and supplies, classrooms, and faculty offices, Martin added.

The welding program currently resides in the Avco-Lycoming Metal Trades Center/Machining Technologies Center on the main campus. That facility will be renovated extensively as part of the $45.27 million Stage X Building Program, which also includes construction of more student housing on the west end of the main campus and renovations to the Hager Lifelong Education Center and the Parkes Automotive Technology Center. The Stage X work is under way.

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