Headlines: Radnor Township Approves Villanova’s $225M Expansion Plan

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villanova_university_logoThe Radnor Township Board of Commissioners approved the long fought expansion plans for Villanova University Monday night. The endorsement means that two new dormitories, more parking, a pedestrian bridge and (eventually) a performing arts center will soon rise around Lancaster Avenue.

Jason Laughlin of The Inquirer reports, “[t]he board voted 4-2, with one abstention, Monday night to approve the $225 million project.”

The dorms are anticipated to open in 2019 and will house nearly 1,200 students. Officials say that the new housing is expected to lessen the number of college kids living off campus in Radnor.

Some neighbors don’t buy that argument and, on top of that, worry that construction will be disruptive to the area.  They’re also miffed that Villanova doesn’t give enough back to the township in the form of taxes or even payments in lieu of taxes.

Work on the dorms and parking is expected to kick off this fall. Funding is still being sought for the performing arts center.

Villanova U. expansion plans approved [The Inquirer]

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