June 02, 2010

With the city planning commission's approval Wednesday, the way has been cleared for construction to begin for the Mount Union College President's Home at 1304 S. Union Ave.

According to Fred J. Haupt, chairman of the Board of Trustees at Mount Union College, the construction phase will begin immediately at the site of the former President's Home. The former home was razed last summer due to concerns by the College's Board of Trustees that the building was not sufficient to meet the long-term needs of the institution and its structural soundness.

Subsequently, the college contracted with MAK Design of Akron to serve as the designer and Hammond Construction of Canton to serve as the general contractor. The new two-story facility calls for family living space for the president and family, and formal dining and reception spaces where the College can be host to important functions. Plans call for the completion of the facility by late spring of 2002.

"It is important to reiterate what we said last spring - the trustees' decision to construct this facility was made in the Fall of 1999," Haupt said. "The Board has felt for a long time that the former home of the President was inadequate for entertainment purposes."

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