SMCC acquires more land, buildings at former Navy base in Brunswick

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BRUNSWICK — Southern Maine Community College’s Brunswick Landing campus is expanding with the addition this week of 10 acres and three buildings.

The Maine Community College System’s board of trustees formally accepted the deeds to the new property on Wednesday. The college now owns five buildings and 20 acres at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station, valued at $78 million.

The buildings transferred this week include a residence hall, health center, and classroom, laboratory and office space.

The college paid the federal government $1 for the properties. A general obligation bond approved by Maine voters in June 2010 allocates $4.75 million for improvements to the buildings.

About 100 students are now taking classes at SMCC’s Midcoast campus, in subjects like pre-engineering, composites, nursing, business, and liberal studies. Heavy equipment maintenance and several other certificate and degree programs will be offered at the campus beginning in the fall of 2012.

The former Navy base will also soon host the Maine Advanced Technology and Engineering Center, a partnership between the University of Maine and SMCC that will offer degrees in engineering.

When fully operational, SMCC’s Midcoast campus is expected to serve an additional 2,000 community college students annually.

Emily Guerin can be reached at 781-3661 ext.123 or eguerin@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @guerinemily.

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