On Thursday, March 4 at about 8:00 am, four buildings will be razed to make way for a new phase of Xavier University’s future.
The Dorothy Day House, Bellarmine Parish House, Loyola House on Herald Avenue and the Xavier Field Office on Ledgewood will come down to make way for a complex expected to open in August 2011.
The complex will be second only to Cintas in size among buildings on campus, featuring four residential towers with 535 beds and an 800-seat dining hall. The large, suite-style rooms are designed for second-year students. Its central location will provide easy access to campus facilities and resources. Distinctive elements include a greenspace on the roof of the dining hall and 6000 square feet of space fronting on Herald Avenue to be developed as retail. Open forums were held for students and other campus constituents to share their ideas and opinions about the new complex.
The square footage of buildings on the Xavier campus will grow from 1.78 million today to 2.22 million in August 2011. The residential space will be about 190,000 square feet of the new complex’s total of about 229,000 square feet.
The additional capacity is needed to meet current student demand. It will be financed primarily through the issuance of bonds which were issued in January of this year. Revenue from student boarding fees will help repay the bonds.