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Villanova Asks For Zoning to Fit Its Project

Watch video from the most recent Planning Commission meeting.

Radnor Township's Planning Commission on Monday got its first official look at Villanova University’s petition to amend Radnor Township's zoning code to provide for a Comprehensive Integrated College Development within the Planned Institutional Zoning District, reports Main Line Media News.

Watch a presentation by Villanova University, and responses from the public, in the video section of this article.

The newspaper reports the university hopes that being approved for new "residential housing for 1,160 undergraduates, a performing arts center, a parking structure for 1,200 cars, additions to two existing parking structures, and a pedestrian bridge may go more smoothly and more quickly by tailoring the zoning to fit the project rather than the other way around."

Catherine February 10, 2013 at 12:34 AM
Parents put their children in dorms so they don't have to have cars. There's no reason for kids in student housing to have them since they're walking distance to classes and the library. Only a handful will go through the cost and hassle to keep a car on campus. There's a shortage of dorm rooms now and VU parents are going to be thrilled with the new ones.
Intheweeds February 10, 2013 at 05:37 PM
Villanova's enrollment has been stable for the past 30 years. This project is not intended to increase the student population at all. Villanova has added substantial student housing over the past decade, it has immediately been filled, and no increase to the student body has occurred. Traffic will 100% be reduced with this project. 1200 students who currently live off campus, and commute, will no longer have a commute. The small retail element will largely cater to students, and be staffed by students also not increasing traffic. Villanova is looking to develop its own property, not encroaching into neighborhoods, and improving an eyesore of a gigantic parking lot. The proposed buildings are to scale with the rest of the university - nothing over 4 stories.
Bryan Nichols February 11, 2013 at 02:24 AM
An endowment is the equivalent of a trust fueled by donations that remain tax exempt. Villanova would be happy to show you business bank accounts in the billions to calm your fears of the project not being finished. They will take a loan out on the project for the tax benefits and low interest rates instead of paying cash for it. As for student enrollment, your NIMBY neighbors have kept the university population so small that demand for Villanova is at an all time high and filling residence halls will not be a problem.
Bryan Nichols February 11, 2013 at 02:27 AM
I was hoping to find out what Kevin's opinions on variances would be? How does someone apply for and receive a variance to put an addition on his house have the nerve to fight to deny the very same variance for Villanova.
Bryan Nichols February 11, 2013 at 02:32 AM
Well than you are far enough away to not have to worry about the project since it will be on the other side of the road and further down Lancaster Ave from you. Why do Radnor residents not realize this project butts up against a road and railroad tracks, nowhere near homes.

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