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New Building to Rise at D'Youville

The Buffalo News

3/26/2008

D'Youville College will break ground this spring for a six-story academic building on its West Side campus.

The 93,000-square-foot building will be constructed at Connecticut Street and Fargo Avenue, on the site of a college parking lot. The new building will accommodate recent growth at the college, which now has some 3,000 full-and part-time students.

The exterior of the $20 million building will be stone, brick and glass, encasing classrooms, laboratories, offices and conference rooms, as well as facilities for a pharmacy program D'Youville is planning, said Donald Keller, college vice president of operations.

"The building will be designed to allow the addition of features such as a connector (to other D'Youville buildings) and other amenities in the future," Keller said. "The college has no plans for any other major new buildings for the foreseeable future."

The new building will displace parking to nearby lots bounded by Connecticut Street, Plymouth Avenue, York Street and West Avenue, Keller said. The school owns several vacant parcels that will be converted into parking lots this summer, Keller added.

D'Youville, which is celebrating its centennial this year, has pumped about $70 million into its campus over the past 12 years, the last being residence halls more than three years ago.

There also are plans to reconstruct Fargo Avenue, between Porter Avenue and Connecticut Street, into a cul-de-sac, which would eliminate through traffic at D'Youville and serve as a campus gateway and drop-off circle.

Residents in the neighborhood raised some concerns about closing off that block, which would eliminate parking.

The neighborhood still is trying to work with D'Youville and the city on the redesign of Fargo, said Harvey Garrett, executive director of West Side Community Collaborative.

As for the new building, though, D'Youville has shown plans to residents, who made a few requests, such as more windows on one side of the building and additional landscaping, Garrett said.

"They've made all those changes," Garrett said. "What they're doing is fine. We're working better with them now than ever."

Construction of the building is expected to start at the end of May, with completion by the end of 2009 and an opening for the 2010 spring semester, Keller said.

By Jay Rey



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