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College OKs money to state for next step on Teton County center

Sep 24, 2017 By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Part three of three

A third construction project Central Wyoming College made progress on this week will be completed in Teton County.

The new outreach center in Jackson will be located on Veronica Lane, offering culinary arts, nursing, allied health and outdoor education as well as foundation courses, business degrees, entrepreneurial success classes and more.

CWC already has purchased the Veronica Lane property for about $2.7 million, and on Wednesday the CWC Board of Trustees approved the transfer of $1.1 million to the state to initiate the next level of design for the facility.

In May, Teton County voters agreed to spend $3.82 million from a special purpose excise tax on property and architectural and engineering designs for the center.

Money from the tax will start coming in by the end of the year, and CWC will be reimbursed over time for the expenses it has made.

Later, organizers said funding to construct the facility likely will be generated through private donations, and a fundraising effort already is underway.

"This is a great step for the college," Over said.

In March, CWC president Brad Tyndall said it's "historic" that Teton County is contributing funding to help the school expand. In the past, he noted at the time, Fremont County has been the only county to provide local tax money for CWC, which also serves Teton and Hot Springs counties.

"I think it'd be very good news for (Teton) County to ante up and show that they value (CWC) and will pay," he said.

The final cost for construction will be determined once architectural and engineering designs are complete.

To move the project forward, CWC will enter into an agreement with the state of Wyoming to begin the process of requesting proposals for companies interested in designing the Jackson center.

The plan for the building has changed since its inception in order to fit the real-life constraints that come with the Veronica Lane property.

Initially, administrators thought the building would span 24,300 square feet, but the lots CWC purchased only have room for about 11,000 square feet of construction, according to previous reports, which indicated zoning changes could change the space requirements yet again.

Due to the space constraints, leaders on the project say the firm that will produce the design will prioritize making room for classrooms, laboratories and offices instead of other amenities such as parking spaces.

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