County College of Morris has purchased a one-story commercial building on Route 10 in Randolph as its first major expansion in nearly four decades.
The 15,500 square-foot building located at 675 Route 10 East in Randolph initially will be used by the college to house its library while the Learning Resource Center (LRC), in which it is housed, is renovated. Long-term, the new building will allow the college to address about a third of its shortfall in classroom space as identified in its 2010-2022 Facilities Master Plan.
“This building became available at a time when the college is in immediate need of quality space,” noted Dr. Edward J. Yaw, CCM president. “We found ourselves with a unique opportunity to procure land and a building bordering the campus that also will provide CCM with direct access to Route 10.”
The building was purchased for $3.45 million from Planet Randolph, LLC.
CCM will begin moving its library over to the new building at the start of 2013 after the current tenant relocates. It is expected that the library will be housed at 675 Route 10 East for a year and a half. Following renovation of the LRC, the library will move back to its original location and the new building will be used for other academic purposes.
Over the Fall Semester, a pedestrian pathway will be developed to link the building to the campus. Eventually, a roadway will be constructed to join the two buildings.
The campus’s last major expansion consisted of the construction of two academic buildings, Cohen and DeMare halls, which were completed and opened in 1973.