The many advantages are obvious. It is an excellent well-built building on a large lot with plenty of parking that is all paid for, which was a gift to the college.
It is a good appropriate building well located, built with brick, on level land with high visibility from Lake Flower Avenue, and has good access to the campus on three streets. Students could easily and safely walk or drive to the main buildings. It has a large parking lot, restrooms, and much space.
Through the years River Street Hall has served several purposes and has an additional building, formerly used for classrooms at the rear. There are three floors and a basement which could accommodate and continue its present other uses for children, etc.
This is a very substantial, dignified, three story brick building with excellent views of Lake Flower and mountains.
Many improvements have been made such as new high efficiency windows, heavy duty electric power supply, a new stand by generator, two vehicle entrances, steel fire escape, three exits on main floor, several sidewalks to main campus, and relatively level.
Iy has a perfect location for high visibility sign from Lake Flower Avenue at the corner of River Street.
The present site of the college has many disadvantages. One of the reasons this site was originally chosen was the hospital board gave it to the college. A political decision, controlled largely by the Essex County Board of Supervisors and the Franklin County Legislature. The location was the choice of our two local counties and by Mr. Jim Loeb, the then owner of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.
I am very familiar with the NCCC site, which was the former general hospital. My qualifications for making these statements are: I am now 94 years old and perhaps the only living original founder of NCCC still around. The main campus is built on top of an enormous seven acre rock with shallow soil and very steep hills on all sides. Very difficult to work with. There is a 10 story difference in elevation between the library and athletes buildings. The steep, narrow Santanoni Avenue without sidewalks, a railroad, and 40 objecting native citizens were an enormous drawback.