Dutchess Community College has announced they will relocate their southern campus to the former Dutchess Mall space. Hudson Valley Magazine reports the planned 47,000 square foot facility will be ready for use by the fall 2020 semester.

The state of the art campus will be 25% larger than the current location on Marshall Rd. in Wappingers Falls. 18 classrooms will fill most of the second floor of the building and there will be more parking available.

There are an additional 150,000 square feet of retail space available and there is hope the presence of students and faculty will draw other retail and dining options. DCC is in for the long haul, having signed a 15-year lease on the property.

The old Dutchess Mall was the first mall in Dutchess County but closed as a result of stiff competition from the Poughkeepsie Galleria and South Hills Mall. It has since struggled to find tenants but the deal with DCC could be a game-changer.

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