Radnor to Review Villanova’s Expansion Plan in Hearing Tonight

They’ve been rejected by the township once before, but tonight, Villanova gets its bureaucratic due at expanding its campus at a hearing tonight.

Seeking zoning changes that would allow “new dormitories, a parking garage, performing arts center, and stores to the Lancaster Avenue campus,” ‘Nova has since made some changes to their expansion proposal including:

  • Reduced size of garage from 1,800 to 1,200 cars
  • Disperse remaining cars to parking garage behind old buildings on Lancaster
  • Modify two campus garages to accommodate more cars (to help with overflow)
  • Build new dorms at four floors instead of five
  • Build new performing arts center at 50 feet instead of 65

Whether those changes are good enough to quell population density and traffic concerns is, of course, up to the Radnor Township Board of Commissioners. For residents, though, the concern comes down to zoning:

“We’re happy they’re going to build something,” Leonardi said. “The problem is what Villanova wants to do is stuff 1,200 people in this area that if it had residential zoning would accommodate maybe 200 people.”

But, as Liz Spikol points out, the campus is not under residential zoning rules. With any luck, Radnor will be able to see that. [Property]