Stakes mark an intended path on the Lourdes' mid-campus site which will provide a walkway and greenspace between the main campus and Lourdes Commons housing.
Lourdes University‘s mid-campus expansion has begun, with undeveloped land to the south of the main campus being graded to be turned into a walkway and green space for university students.
Officials said the 11.4 acres between Convent Boulevard and Brint Road have been tidied up in preparation for the walkway that will connect its Lourdes Commons student apartments, near the Brint and McCord roads intersection, to the main campus.
In the first phase of the expansion, the university plans to transform the site into a park-like atmosphere that “reflects the beauty of our campus,” officials say. The site will have benches, possibly a tree grove, and other landscaping.
Michael Killian, the university’s vice president of finance and administration, said trees have been cleared from the area, and the land is being cleaned and leveled.
The entrance from Brint Road to the 11 acres Lourdes calls its mid-campus.
The sidewalk is in its final design stages, and the university is preparing to put the construction of the walkway out to bid. Light poles and a security system have been designed, he said. Crews are placing fencing around the area‘s perimeter.
The initial start of the project was prolonged because winter weather persisted in the early spring. Officials expect the first phase to wrap up by the end of summer.
The overall expansion project, which Lourdes has said could take years and cost at least $12 million, includes a sports arena and another building on the 11 acres.
In the meantime, the City of Sylvania is upgrading the crosswalk and installing a traffic signal for better pedestrian safety at the Brint-McCord intersection. Work began in April and should be completed by June 6.
Joe Shaw, city deputy service director, said crews next week will replace the concrete sidewalks and pedestrian ramps. He also expects the traffic signal, which will replace four-way stop signs, to be operational by the end of next week.
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