Design Concept for Lancaster Avenue.

South of Lancaster Avenue

Villanova University would like to create residential housing for approximately 1,160 junior and senior undergraduate students on its current main parking lots along Route 30/Lancaster Avenue. These residences will be complemented by a limited amount of University-operated and student-centric retail, including a new University Bookstore, Convenience Store and Villanova Bistro.

The proposed plans also include a parking structure to accommodate approximately 1,230 vehicles, and a Performing Arts Center to support Villanova Theatre, Student Theatre and related campus programs.

Already underway are initiatives designed to make Villanova University’s campus more interconnected, safe and aesthetically beautiful, but there remains a growing desire among undergraduate students for additional opportunities to live on campus. This proposed project would help by allowing for 85% of Villanova’s undergraduate student body to live on-campus all four years.

If approved, the project would greatly improve the attractiveness of the visual landscape on Lancaster Avenue, position Villanova University more competitively among its peer institutions and increase student and parent satisfaction.

Because the project is designed to shift students who currently live in nearby areas back on campus, traffic overall will be reduced. Neighborhoods will see fewer cars and less congestion. 

The Public Safety Department will be relocated to the first floor of the parking structure. This will provide the department with a more centralized location, providing better access and quicker response time to all parts of campus.

There also is an environmental benefit to the proposed project. LEED-certified buildings, green space and plantings will replace the current impervious parking lots. In addition, storm water management will be greatly enhanced through the use of  state-of-the-art systems that will improve the way run-off water is managed both on and off campus.