LBCC Benton Center property purchase completed

Linn-Benton Community College has completed the purchase of property to expand the Benton Center in Corvallis, and plans to begin a community-involved process of creating plans for that expansion.

“Now we can begin to plan earnestly,” said Jeff Davis, Benton Center Director. “We have community members serving on the project steering committee, and we’ll be looking for other ways to allow for community engagement in the process.”

The project will add 20,000 square feet of instruction spaces and more than double parking to more than 250 spaces to help address shortages in both areas that restrict offerings at the center. The new property is located just north of the Benton Center.

The specific timeline for project to begin still depends on finding an acceptable new location for the Corvallis operation of First Student, Inc. The company, which provides school bus transportation for school districts throughout the United States including Corvallis, is currently leasing the property.

A small portion of the property is already available, so some additional parking may be added in the coming months.

The Benton Center project steering committee will meet again during summer to further develop plans, Davis said.

The $8 million expansion of the Benton Center is made possible by bonds approved by voters in 2014. The building program also includes a new Healthcare Occupations Center in Lebanon, the complete of the next phases of the Advanced Transportation Technology Center in Lebanon, and the modernization of facilities on the Albany campus with a focus on trade-related programs that lead directly to jobs in the region.

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