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Feedback sought for proposed Master Plan

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The Campus Facilities Master Planning Task Force found that the campus is compact
and walkable. The proposed master plan would strengthen this idea. Image submitted

Now that the results of the SUNY New Paltz Site and Landscape Master Plan Study have been presented to the campus, the Campus Facilities Master Planning Task Force is gathering feedback to incorporate into its final recommendations to President Steven Poskanzer.

"Feedback from the campus community is paramount," said John Shupe, assistant vice president of facilities management and cochair of the task force. "It wouldn't be a complete plan without input from those who learn, live and work on our campus."

The task force is accepting feedback from the campus community until March 24. Feedback and questions can be submitted to cochair Stella Deen at deenm@newpaltz.edu.

The group of professional and academic faculty, students and administrators met for seven months with an external architectural/planning consultant - Ehrenkrantz, Eckstut and Kuhn (EEK) - to devise a series of suggestions to be integrated over the next 15 to 20 years. The plan aims to enhance the safety of students, academic and professional faculty, classified staff and visitors to the campus and take advantage of the natural beauty that surrounds its 257 acres.

The committee considered the following:

  • Overall campus appearance
  • Campus circulation
  • Building accessibility
  • Desired future location of building projects.

A major goal of the proposed Facilities Master Plan is to foster a compact, walkable campus atmosphere, according to Sean O'Donnell, primary architect with EEK.

The plan calls for:

  • Relocating parking to the perimeter of campus and fostering a set of pathways and walks around campus
  • Encouraging active use of perimeter parking lots
  • Performing safety and sustainability improvements to parking lots.

Implementation of the master plan is divided into three phases, each of which is divided into five-year increments, in keeping with the State University Construction Fund's standard five-year campus capital planning cycle.

Highlights of Phase I include:

  • Construction of a new building on the corner of Route 32 and Plattekill Avenue
  • Creation of Mohonk Walk from Route 32 to van den Berg Hall
  • Enhancement and expansion of The Gunk
  • Renovation of the Academic Concourse
  • Development of an Arts and Sciences Quad.

The full presentation is available for viewing in my.newpaltz.edu.