This is pretty interesting, and I hadn’t really given it too much thought until now:
MCC also plans to move its theater program from its Brighton campus to the new city facility, to take advantage of the theaters planned for Ren Square. That’s a smart move, says Heidi Zimmer-Meyer, president of Rochester Downtown Development Corporation. The performance facility, she says, would provide a great opportunity for students to learn about the back-end operations of a theater.
The Damon campus has been in operation for about 15 years and is the home of MCC’s law enforcement and human-services programs, as well as some liberal arts programs.
Flynn thinks it’s likely that the new facility will draw more suburban students downtown. At present, 50 percent of the students at the Damon campus live in the city, according to the college.
Bringing the music and theatre students downtown is probably a really good thing for Rochester. As much as we need more vitality downtown and more things to do, at the same time people are creatures of habit. Getting kids familiar with downtown early will probably go a long way towards reigniting an interest in downtown generally among kids. I’m not sure how much more of the Brighton campus’ curriculum they plan on moving downtown, but it’s all welcome.
Of course, the article also points out a great many problems and lingering questions about the project as well. All building projects tend to be that way. At the risk of sounding a “Fast Ferry-like” optimistic note, I think this project can withstand a few questions without a problem. In any event, there’s no doubt that something new needs to be done with downtown.
Another good thing about MCC being partners with the Ren Square project is that there’s NEVER a shortage of kids who want to go to MCC. That means revenue for the project and better yet stability.
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