From Parking Space to Living Space
Proposed Construction Site: Looking West along Route 30/Lancaster Avenue at Villanova University’s Main Parking Lot, this is the proposed construction site for residence halls, a state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center, University-operated retail space and a parking garage, which will expand Villanova’s parking capacity.
Proposed Design: This shot looks to the East. The proposed structure, including the residence halls and Performing Arts Center, follows along Route 30/Lancaster Avenue and provides a continual view of the central landmark of campus: the St. Thomas of Villanova Church.
Villanova University would like to enhance its campus along Route 30/Lancaster Avenue and turn the main parking lots into Gothic style residential housing, University-operated student-centric retail, a parking garage and a Performing Arts Center. For the retail space, the plans propose a new University Bookstore, convenience store and Villanova Bistro. The Performing Arts Center would support Villanova Theatre, Student Theatre and related campus programs.
The three to five year project will:
- Offer on-campus housing for approximately 85% of undergraduate students
- Decrease traffic to and from campus
- Significantly reduce student and vehicle presence in Radnor Township neighborhoods
- Provide a centralized location for the Department of Public Safety in the new parking structure
Villanova University is working closely with Radnor Township throughout the approval process.