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Timeline: The long, twisting road to a new ECC building

This chronology shows highlights of eight years of progress and setbacks that ended with Erie Community College opening a new $30 million science building on its North Campus in Amherst.

April 2010: Former Erie County Executive Chris Collins announces that the county will borrow $7.5 million in 2012 for a new academic building at Erie Community College's North Campus, if the college can raise the same amount and the state bonds $15 million to pay for the other half of the project.

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March 2011: The county selects Kideney Architects of Amherst to design the building, and Collins says the county's $7.5 million share of the cost would come from surpluses, not borrowing.

April 2011: State Assembly Ways and Means Committee fails to approve state's $15 million share of the project.

June 2011: Former State Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo, and former Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, D-Buffalo, write a letter to former ECC President Jack F. Quinn Jr. opposing construction of a new building on North Campus and advocating consolidation of ECC's three campuses.

Jan. 2012: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo earmarks $15 million for a new ECC building in his proposed state budget.

A lounge area in the new STEM building at Erie Community College's North Campus. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

May 2013: Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz reaffirms the county's commitment to construct $30 million building for ECC Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs, following a recommendation from academic consultant JMZ Architects and Planners.

Oct. 2014: Former Erie County Executive Joel A. Giambra, a longtime advocate of consolidating ECC into a single downtown campus, sues in state Supreme Court along with Buffalo Common Council Member Joseph Golombek Jr. and ECC student Wil Turner to block the STEM building until environmental impacts of the project are more fully explored.

Jan. 2015: A judge dismisses Giambra's lawsuit.

Feb. 2016: A state appeals court rejects Giambra's appeal.

June 2016: County legislators delay approving contracts for the project, after a contractor that lost the bid accused the winning contractor of failing to meet requirements of the bidding process. The losing contractor also threatens to sue.

July 2016: County legislators approve contracts for STEM building. Losing contractor agrees not to sue the county.

Aug. 24, 2016: Groundbreaking ceremony marks start of construction.

Jan. 16, 2018: First classes held in new STEM building.

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