Apr 28, 2006 — There's a growing national trend of people, especially seniors, moving to be close to their alma maters. Retirement communities have popped up around Ann Arbor, Gainsville, Notre Dame, and Stanford. St. Lawrence University wants to harness the trend and other ties to former students to stem the decline of the local tax base. It's launched an initiative called "Coming Home". The goal is to lure 100 alumni to move to the Canton area and boost property taxes by 10 million dollars. The university's starting by prepping 3 sites behind Appleton Arena in Canton for alumni committed to building environmentally sustainable homes. It's selling another 20 parcels at the Snow Bowl in Colton. And it's partnering with United Helpers to offer senior townhouses or apartments. SLU president Daniel Sullivan told David Sommerstein the initiative helps the local economy and the university itself.