BC3 purchases 6.15 acres on Old Plank Road

Board of Trustees approve property purchase at today's meeting

(Butler, PA) Butler County Community College announced today that it is purchasing a 6.15 acre property located at 278 Old Plank Road directly behind its Main Campus in Butler Township. The Board of Trustees approved the purchase of the property at its regular monthly meeting for a price of $350,000.

“This property has long been identified as a key acquisition in our master planning,” said Dr. Nick Neupauer, BC3 President. “I applaud the Board of Trustees for allowing us to move forward with this purchase.”

The property includes 6.15 acres of property, a house, a barn and a three-stall garage. All are in excellent condition and have been well-maintained. In addition to possible improved road access and traffic flow at the south entrance of the campus, there are other significant benefits to the College.

The new property will allow for permanent expansion of The Children’s Creative Learning Center (CCLC) daycare and preschool and a required outdoor activity area. BC3 will save an estimated $700,000 for building a new CCLC with an estimated price tag of $1.2 million. The house is expected to be used by the BC3 Education Foundation, Inc. as well as for college and academic usage. The barn and garage allow for storage space and surplus for the Maintenance and Operations Department. Currently, the College leases additional storage space off-campus.

The College will pay for the property by using $140,000 of insurance money that it received from substantial structural damage to Armstrong Lodge on main campus when a tree fell through the roof during a storm in 2009. The building was later demolished. The CCLC, which had been housed in Armstrong Lodge, was moved to a smaller temporary space across campus in the old bookstore. The additional funds, $210,000, will be taken out of the College’s capital reserve fund. Capital reserves are designated for the purpose of repair, restoration, maintenance or purchase of capital assets identified in the College’s facility master plan or capital needs list.

BC3 discussed its interest in the property as far back as the 1990’s, mostly related to campus safety and traffic flow. More recently, it was identified in 2008 on the new 20-year Master Plan. The 6.15 acre property allows for some much needed flexibility on the south end of campus and will provide the opportunity to redesign and accommodate an improved ingress/egress from Old Plank Road into the campus.

The closing date for the acquisition of the property is expected to take place in early March. The College does not have a timetable set for any proposed changes to the property. BC3 staff, along with members of the Board of Trustees Facilities Committee, will meet to develop a facilities improvement plan later this spring.