School may be out for the summer, but work on the new dorms at Corning Community College is about to get back underway. A Supreme Court judge dismissed a lawsuit Monday filed by neighbors who are against the project. Our Lara Greenberg tells us why the judge called their claims speculative.
CORNING, N.Y. -- For weeks, bulldozers on the Corning Community College campus have remained stationery. But with the lawsuit against the CCC dorms thrown out the door, they'll be moving again soon.
Sixteen neighbors filed suit last month, claiming the school isn't following proper zoning laws and that the environmental study on the project neglected a crucial issue in the case: Traffic safety.
"Traffic safety has been a real concern because there's no question that there's been a lot of accidents on those three roads serving Spencer Hill," said Robert Koegel, the attorney for the neighbors involved in the suit.
But a Supreme Court judge called the claims "speculative," explaining there's no way of knowing what any of the problems will be.
"We've been a good neighbor on this hill with students for 50 years. We have worked with our neighbors over the course of that 50 years to make sure provide as safe an environment as we can and we're going to continue to do that," said CCC President Dr. Kate Douglas.
And despite the delay that the lawsuit caused, school officials are still hoping to have this piece of land turned into a dormitory by fall of 2013.
"I have had many classmates who commute over an hour, hour and a half, two hours to get here. And if we offer student housing, then it would really be beneficial for the students," said student Kristen Hall.
No word yet if the neighbors plan to appeal.
The dorm will house more than 300 students. Work will resume as soon as the college receives the paperwork from Court.