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Foundation secures land for campus housing

The SUNY New Paltz Foundation has purchased a 42-acre parcel of land from the Moriello family that is contiguous to the southern boundaries of the campus and will be used for new housing for students, faculty and staff.

The college will be collaborating with a group led by Mike Moriello to build apartments and town-home-style rental housing suitable for faculty, staff and students on this site. The Foundation also intends to build new student housing on a portion of the land nearest the Lenape and Esopus residence halls.

The goal is that this parcel of land will be integrally related to the campus. Instead of having to drive to work or class, residents on this site will be able to walk or bike to the heart of the campus. College President Steven Poskanzer said in a recent report to the faculty that the plan makes environmental sense and will help build community.

"This is a critical first step in ensuring that the New Paltz campus remains a residential community of students, faculty and staff for decades to come," he said.