Mount Union College Purchases Henschen Property

January 15, 2008

Mount Union College has purchased the property and buildings located at 906 S. Union Ave. from the Henschen Motor Company.

The College intends to relocate the Physical Plant operations currently located at the southeastern edge of the campus to the former Henschen location by the latter part of 2008, according to Patrick Heddleston, vice president for business affairs at the College.

The two buildings at the Union Avenue location will give the College’s Physical Plant operations 20,787 square feet.  The showroom building was erected in 1921 and the body shop building was constructed in 1949.

According to Blaine Lewis, director of the College’s Physical Plant, interior renovations are being planned to accommodate new offices, maintenance shops, housekeeping supplies and equipment rooms as well as grounds and fleet garages and departmental storage areas.  Exterior renovations will include new finishes, windows doors and roofs.

“We intend to begin renovating the facility as soon as possible,” Lewis said.  “As we have been doing with all recent construction on campus, we will be sensitive to energy efficiency and other ways to be sustainable.”

Heddleston said the purchase and relocation will allow the College to use the current Physical Plant space for future expansion.  “Our strategic initiatives call for enrollment growth and expanded academic programs,” Heddleston said.  “The current Physical Plant space will give us a number of options as we look to expand.”

Dr. Richard Giese, president of the College, noted the long-standing relationship the College has had with the Henschen family.  “This transaction is significant as we look toward future planning,” Giese said.  “It is fitting that we could come to a mutually beneficial agreement with the Henschen family since they have provided friendship and support for the College for a long time.”

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