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Le Moyne Plaza Grand Opening Friday

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … The grand opening of the new Le Moyne College Plaza will take place on Friday, Sept. 24, at 2:30 p.m. Among those scheduled to provide remarks are Le Moyne President Fred P. Pestello, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, College Board Chair Walter Benson, and Student Senate President John Martens. A blessing for the space will be provided by David Casey, S.J., a Jesuit who serves as the College's alumni chaplain.

The plaza, located at 1135 Salt Springs Road, was purchased by the College in early 2009 partially with funds received under the Higher Education Capital Matching Grant Program (HECap). Under the HECap Program, Le Moyne College was required to raise $3 for every dollar in state support. In the case of Le Moyne’s Plaza project, the $272,875 allocated in HECap funding leveraged additional investments totaling over $2.5 million, or more than $9 for every HECap dollar.

Following the purchase, the College then undertook an extensive interior and exterior renovation, estimated at more than $3 million. The plaza now houses the College bookstore, Dunkin’ Donuts and Cam’s Pizzeria with enough space to accommodate over 90 people in a comfortable setting featuring a fireplace and a variety of seating options. Outside, the College worked with the City of Syracuse to abandon a portion of Audobon Parkway to add green space, with outdoor seating available during the warmer weather.

The plaza will be open year-round to serve students and the general public. Hours of operation are as follows:

College Bookstore: Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Dunkin’ Donuts: Seven days a week from 5 a.m. to midnight.
Cam’s Pizzeria: Sunday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. (Delivery available during all business hours.)

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posted on: 9/22/2010