The main campus, with an area of 180 acres (0.73 km2), is on the east bank of the Hudson River in the town of Poughkeepsie, New York, on US 9 in the historic Hudson Valley. The part of the main campus east of US 9 is called the east campus. In addition to the main campus Marist owns the Payne Estate which has 60 acres (0.24 km2) on the west bank of the Hudson River in the town of Esopus, in Ulster County and a branch campus in Florence Italy. Marist's total landholdings and facilities are worth an estimated $607 million. In 2004, Marist announced its Campus Master Plan, which called for the development of a pedestrian-friendly campus heart, with plenty of open and inviting green spaces for interaction. The creation of this campus heart involved the connection of the east and west campuses, the continued improvement of academic and recreational spaces, the addition of green space, and the relocation of parking to the periphery. The master plan is still being implemented, but the progress to date has created what many consider one of the most beautiful campuses in the Northeast.
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