Design Concept for Lancaster Avenue.

From Parking Space to Living Space

Project Overview

Villanova University is planning to enhance its campus along Route 30/Lancaster Avenue and turn the main parking lots into an attractive living and learning environment that will feature Collegiate Gothic style residential housing, University-operated student-centric retail, a Performing Arts Center, a parking garage and a pedestrian bridge. For the retail space, the plans call for a Villanova apparel shop, convenience store and a Bistro. The Performing Arts Center would feature academic and performance space to support the University's theatre, studio arts and music activities programs.

The four year project will:

  • Address growing desire among undergraduate students for additional opportunities to live on campus
  • Position Villanova University more competitively among its peer institutions and increase student and parent satisfaction
  • Significantly reduce student and vehicle presence in residential neighborhoods
  • Decrease traffic to and from campus and improve traffic flow along Lancaster Avenue
  • Feature innovative measures to significantly improve the way stormwater is managed on and around the project site
  • Greatly improve the attractiveness of the visual landscape on Lancaster Avenue


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Current Project Information

Visit the Information & Updates page for details on Phase II construction activity scheduled to begin in February 2016.



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