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STLCC Purchases Additional Property Adjacent to Wildwood Campus

November 18, 2008

St. Louis Community College’s Wildwood campus will expand following the purchase of 66 acres adjacent to the site for $4.9 million.

The land acquisition doubles the size of the campus to 132 acres. The additional acreage on the west side of the site gives Wildwood the capacity to grow to 550,000 square feet of facility space with 3,000 parking spaces. The original campus master plan provided space for 285,000 square feet of construction and 2,000 parking spaces. The original site would accommodate three more construction phases consistent with the Phase One initiative.

"The land acquisition positions the Wildwood campus to grow to a size and academic delivery capacity comparable to the college’s three original campuses," said Zelema Harris, STLCC chancellor. "The build out of the Wildwood campus will be a priority for STLCC in the decades ahead."

Harris noted, however, that there is no immediate plan for construction. Campus growth, she said, will depend on enrollment and program demand, and the college’s financial ability to invest in the expansion.

By comparison, the Florissant Valley campus is 111 acres, with 556,000 square feet of construction space and 2,500 parking spaces. Forest Park is 36 acres, with 882,000 square feet of construction space and 1,300 parking spaces. Meramec is 78 acres, with 529,000 square feet of construction space and 2,800 parking spaces.

The college purchased the land at this time because the opportunity arose to acquire a single, undeveloped parcel of property that shared a common boundary with the original parcel. The college purchased the original campus parcel in 1998 for $3.9 million. The environmentally-friendly Wildwood campus opened in August 2007, and at that time was the largest community college facility in the United States to earn LEED gold-level certification. The campus’ current enrollment is 1,215 students.