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More than a year after Lourdes University announced it would expand its campus to include a new athletic facility and a fitness center, the Sylvania college will take its first step publicly to accomplish that.
Lourdes University will embark on the first phase of it’s mid-campus expansion plan in the next weeks.
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Lourdes officials announced they will host a groundbreaking and blessing ceremony at 10 a.m. Oct. 22 at the corner of Brint and McCord roads for what they call a mid-campus project. The corner is part of 11.4 acres that span between Brint, where Lourdes has student housing, and Convent Boulevard, where the main campus is. The swath of land does connect the main campus to the Lourdes Commons apartments.
Lourdes President David Livingston is expected to talk then about the specifics of the plan. Sylvania city officials say they have had no indications of changes in the mid-campus plan announced in May, 2012.
That plan, which drew some neighborhood opposition, showed an athletic and recreation building that would be used by Lourdes' basketball teams and by students, and it showed to the north of that an academic building, with open land in between to allow for additions. It also showed parking next to the sports facility and a lot off of Convent Boulevard. Also shown is a campus ministry building on Convent Boulevard, in a home, and a sidewalk and bike trail for students to use between the main campus and the apartments.
No cost was attached to it nor a time frame for starting, but Lourdes officials said last year that the project could be completed in about 15 months. One official said it likely would cost less than $11 million, and officials said the start of the work would depend on fund-raising. That plan was developed under the leadership of former university President Robert Helmer, who left last year.
Lourdes proposed the sports building to have a home facility for its growing number of sports teams, such as basketball and volleyball, which in turn it was viewed as being attractive to recruit out of of the area students who play sports. It has no athletic building now on campus used for games by its major sports teams.
City of Sylvania officials have said they did not receive any updated plans of the expansion project recently.
A project related to the Lourdes expansion are traffic signals and a better crosswalk installed by fall 2014 for the Brint and McCord roads intersection, which now has stop signs in all directions.
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