City manager Ed Lowe confirmed last week that plans to offer Wallace State classes this spring in Oneonta have been delayed. Classes were originally scheduled to be held at the Oneonta National Guard Armory for two years while a permanent campus center building is constructed.
Course offerings will now be delayed until the summer of 2016 while an alternate site is be prepared, because the armory is no longer available. Unanticipated demands on its space and resources have occurred due to armory closings elsewhere in the state.
Lowe said an alternate location has already been selected and course offerings rescheduled for the summer semester. The new location is the former Gargus automobile dealership building on Ala 75 just north of Pizza Hut restaurant.
“It’s comparable in size to the space that was planned at the armory,” Lowe said, adding that it has space for for four classrooms, a laboratory, and administrative offices. He said that a floor space diagram has already been submitted to Wallace State for their comments and concurrence.
“I think it will actually work out better in the long run,” Lowe said.“It has more exposure being out on Ala 75, it’s easier to get to, and it’s closer to restaurants for students’ convenience.”