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Historic carriage house to serve as community hub

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Out with the old and in with the new. A historic carriage house on the SUNY Cobleskill campus is being lifted off its foundation and moved up the road to make room for new construction. But as YNN's Maria Valvanis explains, the college is hoping the new location will bring more life to the carriage house this century than it's seen in centuries past.

COBLESKILL, N.Y. -- Agriculture Business Assistant Professor Jason Evans said, “The building is beautiful. It has a historical significance and I just think it's going to be a really nice fit with what we’re trying to do with our curriculums.”

Built in the 1800s, this carriage house has already served a number of purposes. But SUNY Cobleskill is hoping it's newest service and location, will be its most successful yet.

“Ultimately it will become a retail laboratory, where we actually will be able to sell SUNY Cobleskill produced products, through that facility and it will be entirely managed by students,” said Evans.

The idea came about when school officials realized they'd have to move the historic house from its current spot to this spot, about 300 yards up the road. The college is building a more than $45 million Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources, their largest project in nearly 50 years.

“Close to half of the students are in some form of agriculture, from fish to cows, to the ag business side of things,” said John Foster, Wildlife Department Chair.

The hope is to have the 19th century building serve as a hub for both the college and the entire community.

“We really hope this becomes a venue for community interaction, campus community interaction, of course students buying products, but also just the regular community looking for year round high quality food products,” said Evans.

The college expects the newly transformed carriage house to open in 2014, along with the new center.

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