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College finds land for new Lander facility

Jul 15, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Central Wyoming College has secured a piece of ground for its new facility in Lander.

Dennis Egge, a project manager with the state's Construction Management division, said the property, which currently belongs to the Wyoming Department of Health, has been approved for use by CWC.

"(There is) a 75-year lease on the property, (and) the state has funds in place for the architectural services," he said in June during a CWC Board of Trustees meeting in Riverton.

Egge explained some delays in the process that have kept CWC officials from announcing the partnership with the state.

According to Egge, CWC got caught "in the middle of a switch."

"The land commission has taken over selling and transferring land for the Department of Health," Egge said.

"On top of that (the department) had to do a master plan of all of their facilities."

The Wyoming Legislature likely will have to approve the master plan before it is made official, but Egge said the document currently includes an area designated for CWC's Lander project.

"The master plan does include an area for CWC," he said. "Everybody is addressing it that way. ... Hopefully by spring of next year we can start construction on it."

Past uncertainty

Until this week, CWC officials had limited information to share about the Lander project.

"I know we keep putting it off, (but) there's no doubt in my mind ... we're going to do something," Granger said in June. "We have the money, (and) we have 18 months to start using it."

Construction on the project must begin by June 30, 2014, or administrators said state funding for the Lander center could be lost.

In March, Granger said plans were still "in flux."

"It's just because of the situation we're in, and some legislation that was passed put us a few months behind getting some approvals we need to get," he said at the time.

Trustee Roger Gose in February asked Granger whether he "really (has) some serious land acquisition options available in Lander." Granger indicated that he was looking at two properties for sale.

Last fall he said the biggest problem with the project was "finding a place to put it." The college already has a Lander center on Main Street, but he said that spot isn't ideal.

"There's just some things that don't fit into that building, and there's still no parking," Granger said.

"We're looking for land. ... A lot of people over there are working with us and looking for us, (but) every time we think we have something it falls through."

He said he would like to start the project in 2013, but 2014 would be OK too.

"It just puts us off from what we want to do in Lander and for the students in Lander," he said.

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