Design Concept for Lancaster Avenue.

Information & Updates

Construction Update - October 2016

Below is updated information regarding roadway improvements related to the transformation of the University's main parking lots along Lancaster Avenue. The project team works hard to schedule as much work as possible in ways that limit the effect on campus activity and the surrounding community. However, this work must be completed now so that the overall project to transform the main parking lots can remain on schedule.

St. Thomas Way Driveway and Crosswalk - The intersection at Lancaster Avenue and Church Walk has been closed and a new driveway and crosswalk—St. Thomas Way—is now open. This new intersection is located adjacent to Moriarty Hall, a bit further west from the previous intersection, and features new traffic signals and an improved driveway in and out of the parking areas along Lancaster Avenue. The traffic signals at Church Walk have been removed and vehicle traffic will no longer stop at that location. Pedestrians in that area should be sure to use the crosswalk and follow the traffic signals at the new St. Thomas Way intersection.

For the roadwork outlined below, please note that these schedules are subject to change due to weather and other conditions. Flaggers will on hand during these periods to help direct traffic:

Monday, 10/24 through Wednesday, 10/26: The Ithan Avenue exit from Main Lot will be closed. Vehicles may exit Main Lot by St. Thomas Way. The Ithan Avenue entrance to Main Lot will remain open.

Thursday, 10/27 and Friday, 10/28: St. Thomas Way will be closed for paving of Lancaster Avenue in that area. Vehicles may use the right turn only entrance to the new surface parking lot (L2) on Lancaster Avenue by Farrell Hall or the Ithan Avenue entrance to Main Lot.

Monday, 10/31 through Thursday, 11/3: The Ithan Avenue entrance to/exit from Main Lot will be closed. Vehicles may use St. Thomas Way or the right turn only entrance to the new surface parking lot (L2) on Lancaster Avenue by Farrell Hall.

Monday, 11/7 through Saturday, 11/12: Ithan Avenue will be closed to vehicles between Lancaster Avenue and the entrance to South Campus/Aldwyn Lane. This area will be open to pedestrian traffic only. Vehicles may use St. Thomas Way or the right turn only entrance to the new surface parking lot (L2) on Lancaster Avenue by Farrell Hall.

Please refer to this map of campus or to this map of campus parking locations to identify these locations.

 

Construction Update - August 2016

The University's transformation of its main parking lots along Lancaster Avenue continues with great progress being made on key elements. The new surface parking lot is complete and in use around Moriarty, Griffin and Geraghty Halls; pre-cast elements are quickly giving shape to the new parking garage being built on East Main (Pike) Lot that is scheduled to be completed by early 2017; a new stormwater management system has been installed under Pike Field; and improvements to sidewalks and roadways are in progress or will be soon. Please note that traffic signal improvement along Lancaster Avenue will take place through mid-September and widening of parts of Lancaster and Ithan Avenues is scheduled for the next few months. The work in Lancaster Avenue will require periodic lane closures. Please read the official notices from PennDOT linked above for more information.

 

Construction Update - July 2016

The project is discussed at monthly meetings of the Communication and Review (CARe) Committee, which is comprised of representatives of the Township, Villanova University and residents. These meetings are not televised but are open to the public.

Phase I construction is nearly complete with two levels added to the existing St. Augustine Center Parking garage on main campus and the new surface parking lot around Moriarty, Geraghty, and Griffin Halls on Lancaster Avenue now operational. Work continues on landscaping and traffic improvements in the area of the new surface lot, with completion of these elements scheduled for later this summer.

Phase II activity includes the construction of an approximately 1,300 car parking garage on the rear portion East Main (Pike) lot. That work is underway with excavation complete and installation of caissons and retaining walls scheduled to be finished shortly. Activity then will shift to the delivery and installation of pre-cast concrete elements of the garage which will take place from mid-July until October/November. The garage is scheduled to be completed and operational by early 2017.

Phase II also includes the construction of the pedestrian bridge at Church Walk, which is now is scheduled to begin in March 2017 and conclude by November 2017. In addition, an extensive stormwater management system is being installed under Pike Field to help control the runoff from Lancaster Avenue. The runoff in this area currently flows directly and unmanaged from the road and through the University’s property via a PennDOT pipe. As part of this construction project, and at the request of the Township and nearby residents, the University is implementing controls that will greatly improve stormwater management in this area. The work is scheduled to be completed and the field restored to its previous condition by the beginning of the fall semester.

During this phase, a number of roadway improvements to Ithan and Lancaster Avenues will take place. These include road widening, installing or lengthening turning lanes and sidewalk enhancements. This work will be done in stages and is scheduled to be concluded in the Fall but is contingent upon weather, permitting processes, unforeseen site conditions, availability of materials and limits on work hours. An overview of this work was discussed at the June CARe Committee meeting and is posted below. Please note that AquaPA and PECO are performing unrelated work in areas near campus. This work is not a part of Villanova University’s development project.

The University is working closely with its contractors and Radnor Township to monitor the construction activity and minimize the disruptions associated with it. Additional updates and progress will be shared as the project moves forward.

View Overview of Roadway Improvements - Discussed at June 2016 CARe Committee Meeting

View Updates on Lighting and Summer Construction - Discussed at July 2016 CARe Committee Meeting

 

Phase II Construction Information - February 2016

Phase II of the Design Concept for Lancaster Avenue is scheduled to begin in February 2016. During this period, a new parking garage will be constructed on the rear portion of East Main (Pike) Lot, portions of Ithan and Lancaster Avenues will be widened and a pedestrian bridge will be constructed at Church Walk. Construction activity is targeted to conclude in February 2017 (new garage and road widening) and May 2017 (pedestrian bridge). Please review the information below for more details.

View email regarding Phase II construction activity sent to all employees and students

View map of Phase I and II construction activity

View Campus Map Updated February 2016

 

Phase II Construction Neighbors Meeting - February 10, 2016

Neighbors were invited to campus to discuss details related to the first phase of construction for the Design Concept for Lancaster Avenue. Please follow the link below to view a copy of the information that was shared. Additional meetings will be scheduled throughout the project's multi-year construction period.

View presentation from February 10, 2016 Phase II Construction Neighbors Meeting

 

Phase I Construction Neighbors Meeting - October 6, 2015

Neighbors were invited to campus to discuss details related to the first phase of construction for the Design Concept for Lancaster Avenue. Please follow the link below to view a copy of the information that was shared. Additional meetings will be scheduled throughout the project's multi-year construction period.

View presentation from October 6, 2015 Phase I Construction Neighbors Meeting

 

Phase I Construction Information - September 2015

Phase I of the Design Concept for Lancaster Avenue is scheduled to begin in September 2015. During this period, two levels will be added to the existing St. Augustine Center (SAC) parking garage on main campus and a surface parking lot will be created around Moriarty, Griffin and Geraghty Halls on Lancaster Avenue. Construction activity is scheduled to conclude in January 2016 (Lancaster Avenue surface parking) and February 2016 (SAC garage). This construction will impact students, faculty, staff and visitors who normally park in these areas. Please review the information below for more details.

View email regarding SAC Parking Garage construction sent to all employees

View email regarding Lancaster Avenue Surface Parking construction sent to those assigned to park at Moriarty, Griffin, Geraghty, Farrell & Stone Halls and the Technology Services Building

View map of Phase I construction activity

 

Final Land Development Approval Resolution - July 2015

The Radnor Township Board of Commissioners voted on July 13, 2015 to grant final land development approval for Villanova University's Design Concept for Lancaster Avenue.

View the Final Land Development Approval Resolution

 

Conditional Use Approval Decision - December 2014

The Radnor Township Board of Commissioners voted on December 5, 2014 to approve Villanova University's request to apply the CICD ordinance to its main parking lots on Lancaster Avenue. 

View the Conditional Use Decision and Order

 

Comprehensive Integrated College Development (CICD) Amendment - March 2014

On March 31, 2014, the Radnor Township Board of Commissioners approved Villanova University’s petition to amend the zoning code to provide for a new use, a Comprehensive Integrated College Development (CICD), within the Planned Institutional Zoning District. 

View the Comprehensive Integrated College Development (CICD) Ordinance 

 

Villanova University Design Concept for Lancaster Avenue Responses to Questions and Concerns

In the spring of 2012, Radnor Township collected residents’ questions and concerns regarding the Design Concept for Lancaster Avenue and submitted them to Villanova. Posted here are the University's answers. Input from the neighbors and Township staff helped the project evolve to ensure that it addresses concerns while meeting the needs of both the University and surrounding community.

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