Designs for the new Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine facility in Elmira were unveiled today.

The designs gave the public an insight as to what the school could look like.

LECOM received approval from the American Osteopathic Association’s Council on Osteopathic College Accreditation.

Members of the Southern Tier Economic Growth got a sneak-peek of the potential campus at a meeting, Tuesday morning.

Representatives from LECOM at the meeting said, if there are no roadblocks, groundbreaking for the 48,000-square foot school could begin as early as November.

The facility will be built on top of Arnot Park. It will house 500 students and more than 50 staff. Classes are expected to start July, 2020.

The project, curriculum and benefits of having the school in Elmira were also discussed at the meeting. STEG President Michal Krusen called this part of the “bigger picture.”

“It’s time for us to start thinking differently about our community to feel differently about our community: we’re going to have a world-class airport for this size we’ve got downtown projects that are going on W. Water St. project and then we’ve got LECOM building a medical school,” Krusen said. “Those are the types of high class projects that are going to change the dynamics of this community and perhaps some of the perception.”

The project is still awaiting final approval from New York State and the State’s Board of Regents. 

Krusen cited $80 million of expected economic impact from the new college of a two- to three- year timeframe.