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Mount Union Announces Summer Projects

May 21, 2014

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union campus will undergo a series of improvements this summer as part of the University’s Campus Master Plan.

Beginning next week, the second phase of street closures will occur in an effort to promote a more pedestrian-friendly campus. This project will include the closing of College Street between Union Avenue and Miller Avenue, as well as the closing of Miller Avenue between Hartshorn Street and Simpson Street.

The University will be working with Enviroscapes over the summer to turn these roads into gathering spaces featuring paved walkways and enhanced landscaping. This project will also include the completion of a brick walkway connecting Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center (KHIC) with the Performing Arts Center, a gift of this year’s senior class, and the addition of new entrance gates on Union Avenue just outside of the Gartner Welcome Center and Bracy Hall.

This enhanced space will allow for emergency and service vehicle traffic and provide ADA parking in two locations. Gated access will enable approved deliveries to be made to KHIC and Chapman Hall.

“Our goal is to transform these roads into beautiful, inviting gathering spaces for students, faculty, staff and visitors to the University,” said Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of Mount Union. “These changes will also provide a more secure campus and we appreciate the community’s understanding throughout the process.”

In addition to street closures, the University will be executing numerous changes around campus. These include the development of a new learning commons and café in KHIC, completion of exterior work on Gallaher Hall for an August opening, continued work on the Performing Arts Center for an expected January 2015 opening and an upgrade of the technology network that will ultimately enhance wireless access on campus.

Additional parking will be added to campus this summer in two locations. First, the temporary gravel lot located at the corner of Penn Avenue and Hartshorn Street will be transitioned to a permanent, paved lot for campus parking. In addition, the former Cockrill's Studio building at 131 West State Street will be razed this summer to provide additional parking. These two lot projects, along with recapturing a few previously closed spaces, will add nearly 100 permanent spaces on campus versus last year.

The University continues to work with an outside developer for the Mount Union Gateway, a commercial development project that will be constructed on the current site of the Mount Union-owned parking lot across State Street from the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex just west of Sheetz. Mount Union is leasing the land to the developer, and ground is expected to be broken for construction in mid-June. The resulting development will bring a number of restaurants and retail outlets to the perimeter of campus.

“It’s going to be a busy summer on campus, but an exciting one as well,” said Giese. “We are thrilled to see the Campus Master Plan come to life and hope our community is equally energized by the potential that lies ahead.”

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