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Fanshawe College forged onward with its downtown campus plans by making a conditionaloffer for purchase of the MarketTower building located at the cor-ner of Richmond and DundasStreets.The College will be assessingthe building over the next fewmonths to determine whether itwill meet Fanshawe’s needs.Elaine Gamble, senior manager of Corporate Communications atthe College, said Fanshawe has been looking at increasing itsdowntown presence and felt thatthe Market Tower building suited the school’s needs best.“It’s very easy to adapt that building to classrooms,” she said.“It also meets the fire requirementsand regulations for classrooms.”Fanshawe will be consideringwhich programs and activitieswould be most suitable, given thespace; these kinds of assessmentscan take up to a year.“There are a number of pro-grams that would prefer to be(downtown) rather than at the edgeof the city,” outgoing FanshaweCollege President Dr. Howard Rundle told the London Free Press.“We know that the city has des-ignated that area as an arts and education sector, so arts program-ming might be a natural fit,” said Gamble.“I’ve seen a number of citieswith post-secondary (schools) inthe core,” Rundle said. “There aresome things I get personallyinvested in a bit. The downtowninitiative is one of them.”With hundreds of Fanshawe stu-dents slated to study in the down-town area, Gamble said residence buildings could be on the horizon.“The president mentioned thatit’s a possibility that we would look at whether we put residentialspaces downtown,” she said.“I think it’s going to change thefabric of downtown a lot. I think (students) are going to bring awhole new energy to the area. It’sgreat having young people around because they’re excited, they’reinvolved in things.”
College eyes another building in the core
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Fanshawe College made a conditional offer on the Market Tower buildinglocated in the heart of London’s downtown.
Fanshawe’s highly anticipated downtown campus has been delayed due to construction setbacks.The aggressive opening date wasoriginally set for September to wel-cometheTheatreArtsfacultyintoitsnew home at the former RBC build-ing on Dundas Street, however, dueto a number of delays, it has been pushed back to a tentative mid-October start date. The majority of programs that were supposed to behoused in the new building have been moved to the main campus inEast London, with a few TheatreArts programs being held at the CitiPlaza.Elaine Gamble, senior manager of Corporate Communications for Fanshawe, said the location and nature of the project has made con-struction difficult.“It’saverysmallspacetoworkin.We’ve been trying to minimize thedisruption to downtown businesses,and there was the elevator strike and the World Figure SkatingChampionships,whichhavesetback the opening.”Manystudentswhoweretoattend thedowntowncampusareconcerned about the effect the delay will haveon them. Lorelei Donahue, anincoming student going into theCostume Design program that is to be housed in the downtown campus,was upset to hear that the campuswould not be ready in time for aSeptember start date.“My program had brand-newsewing machines and dress forms …overall (it’s) such a great work-space,” said Donahue.Although concerns have arisenabout thedelay,Gambleassuredstu-dents that the school is prepared tohandle it.“We knew there was a fairly good chance that we may delay the open-ing and we developed a contingency plan. In that contingency plan, wehave already considered things thatwould impact students.” Changeshave already made to ensure thingsrun smoothly in September at themain campus.“We’ve already rescheduled allthe classes, with some Theatre Arts programming moved to the CitiPlaza, and we were able to keep thetimetables almost the same. Nowwe’re taking a look at transportationissues to address their concerns.”While classes will start inSeptember according to plan, stu-dents attending the downtown cam- pus will face a few more inconven-iences due to the delay. Many havealready secured housing in thedowntownareaandwillnowhavetomake a farther commute to the maincampus.“Movingbacktothemaincampusis an inconvenience because I leased a house near downtown,” said Donahue. “The delay will definitelyimpact my time of travel; I will nowhave to be on the bus longer, there-fore waking up a lot earlier, sincemost my classes start at 8 a.m.”The delay hasn’t completelydampened Donahue’s spirits. “The program was only offered at thedowntown campus, so that's where Iwould have gone, regardless. But itwas a brand-new campus –it wasvery exciting. I was so pumped tostart the new program at the brand new campus, and now I'm just look-ing forward to staring there in mid-October.”Students affected by the delay cancontact the Registrar’s Office firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-452-4430 ext. 4660 to voice their con-cerns.
Downtown campus delayed
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The Business-LabourConnectivity and Training Fund
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