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August 29, 2014

Media Statement: Fanshawe's Downtown Campus – Phase II

Fanshawe College is disappointed that its Phase II plan for London's downtown has become overly politicized.

Fanshawe has a long and proud record as one of Ontario's top Colleges. To meet the needs of students, it has designed, built and operated modern, state-of-the-art educational facilities for almost 50 years. Using our experience and with the assistance of expert third-party consultants, the College spent a significant amount of time reviewing potential buildings. It was concluded that out of the more than 20 properties investigated, the Kingsmill option was the one building that best met the needs of the College, the students and the community.

It is also important to state that this is a shovel-ready project which, through a competitive tendering process, would have design start soon with a construction start in the new year.

The project's business plan for the Kingsmill property is fair, realistic and financially prudent. To suggest otherwise is without merit. The professional expertise of the College along with highly qualified individuals who provide their advice, ensures a high level of confidence in all aspects of the project. And the Fanshawe Board of Governors agreed.

The Kingsmill property is ideal in that it is directly across the street from the 400 student Howard W. Rundle building. Close proximity offers the ability to deliver student programs and services in a very efficient and effective manner.

In support of the City's downtown master plan, the property is located in the Education and Arts District, something stipulated in our agreement with the City.

The location is ideal for both the Tourism and Hospitality and IT programs as it supports the growing development of both those industries in the core.

The property also offers a footprint (size) that allows us to build a learning environment that is the exact size and design to accommodate the College's educational needs. Reconstructing a facility on the Kingsmill site ensures that there are no compromises that inevitably accompany a renovation/alteration scenario elsewhere.

On September 2, City Council will be asked to make an important decision. Fanshawe has not changed its position on the College's Phase II plan for a big, bold shovel-ready project. This project meets the City's vision for a prosperous downtown, and the College has a great track record for delivering results.

For further information, please visit Fanshawe's media contact page.