• The Public hearing to review the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) Draft Environmental Impact Statement will be held on Monday, May 1, 2017 in the Humanities Theatre (Room 1030A) in the Durst Humanities Building on the Purchase College campus at 7 pm. Parking will be available in the college’s W-1 parking lot. Please refer to the following links:


    Download a copy of the DEIS


    Campus map


    A copy of the DEIS will also be available for review at the Purchase College Library.


    The project will use 40 acres of our 500-acre campus and preserve 80 acres as forever wild.


    The initial phase will include 220 apartments and villas for seniors age 62 and older. Amenities will include classrooms, performance spaces, dining venues, social gathering spaces, and health and wellness facilities.



    Funding for student scholarships  


    Mentoring and advising support


    Job and internship opportunities


    New audiences for art, theatre, dance and music performances



    A unique and exciting living



    Life-long learning and enrichment opportunities


    Engagement in education and culture



    Funding for Faculty Hiring and Support


    New audiences for the Performing Arts Center and Neuberger Museum of Art


    Opportunities for innovative programming


    New resources for engagement and involvement


    Open space preservation for generations to come






    There are dozens of retirement communities across the country built in partnership with college campuses. By adding a senior learning community, Purchase College is fulfilling its vision of education as a life-long continuum.

  • The SEQR Process

    New York's State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR) requires all state and local government agencies to assess the environmental significance of all actions they have discretion to approve, fund, or directly undertake. SEQR requires the agencies to balance environmental impacts with social and economic factors when deciding to approve or undertake a project. 


    The following materials have been created as part of our compliance with the SEQR process for this project.

    SUNY Purchase Public Scoping Session Presentation

    The first in a series of informational sessions to be held by SUNY Purchase, with the purpose of introducing the innovative Senior Learning Community. Of particular importance, the session will focus on gathering input from community members on the environmental impact of the project. 

    Purchase College SLC Final Scoping Document

    This Scoping Document identifies the issues to be addressed in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (“DEIS”) for the Purchase College Senior Learning Community project (the “Project”). The DEIS will be prepared in accordance with 6 NYCRR Part 617, referred to herein as the State Environmental Quality Review Act (“SEQRA”).


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  • Purchase College Senior Learning Community 

    Questions & Answers

    What is a Senior Learning Community?

    Purchase College has collaborated with the nation’s leading senior living community developers, Life Care Services and Senior Care Development LLC, to build an innovative senior living community on its campus. The community will include villas and apartments in addition to classrooms, performance spaces, dining venues, social gathering areas, and health and wellness facilities, many of which will be available to students and faculty as well as the residents of the learning community. Residents will also be able to enjoy the events, exhibitions, performances, and amenities that are available at Purchase College.


    Why is Purchase College pursuing this development project?

    Purchase College is committed to being a community where learning happens at any age. By adding a Senior Learning Community, Purchase is fulfilling its vision of education as a life-long continuum. The project will also be a source of revenue for the school. As per legislation passed in 2011, 75% of proceeds will fund student scholarships, and the remaining 25% will fund faculty hiring and support.


    What kind of interaction will senior residents have with the campus?

    The seniors will be able to take classes, engage in events and performances at the Performing Arts Center, support the Neuberger Museum of Art, and interact with students, formally and informally both on campus and within the learning community. The senior residents will provide a built-in audience for student performances and exhibitions. The community also will create opportunities for student mentoring, working, learning and teaching. The college plans to develop new programs in various boards of study.


    Are there senior living communities on other college campuses?

    Dozens of retirement communities across the country have affiliation with colleges. Some examples include Lasell, Oberlin, Stanford, Cornell, and Dartmouth. Lawmakers, educators, and retirees across the country agree that adding seniors to a college or university campus can lead to a creative synergy between youth and experience—an alliance of energy and wisdom that benefits everyone.


    Where will the community be located?

    The community will be located on 40 acres of vacant land within the 500-acre campus, not far from the campus and the Performing Arts Center. As part of the project, 80 acres have been set aside as “forever wild.”


    What will the community look like?

    By legislation, Purchase has approval to build 385 units. Phase one will include 220 villas and apartments and 36 beds each for memory care and assisted living. Twenty percent of the units have been reserved as affordable housing and will be available to seniors whose income levels are 80% of the median income of Westchester County.


    Who will pay for it?

    The project will be funded with tax exempt bonds issued on behalf of a separate non-profit corporation at no cost or obligation to the college.


    Why now?

    There is a real need here for communities like this one. Today, 15%* of Westchester’s population is over the age of 65, and that percentage will continue to grow rapidly as the Baby Boomers age.


    What happens next? How will we get to provide input on this process?

    Later this year, a Draft Environmental Impact Statement, or DEIS, will be completed. It will review the effects of this project. The scoping process, a process by which the issues in the DEIS are identified will include input from the public. There will be a public scoping session—the date for which will be made public through local media channels.


    What if I am interested in finding out more about the development?

    This website will be updated regularly with information on the project’s progress.


    *14.6% as of the 2010 Census

  • "This good idea should have a chance to take root in Westchester, too, and other parts of New York."

    New York Times

    "It wouldn't be right to summon up the old 'win-win situation' cliché to describe the prospect of creating a 'senior learning community' at Purchase College. That simply wouldn't cover all the wins and winners."

    The Journal News

    "I have lived in Purchase for 48 years. I am planning to sell my home and I, for one, would greatly enjoy living on campus."

    Letter submitted to the state from a Purchase Resident

    "I've always wanted the opportunity to talk to older generations. They've been through so much and they know so much," said Ahtiya Liles, 20, of Yonkers, who just finished her second year at the college.