UD launches long-term campus planning process

April 18 – The University of Dayton begins sketching its future campus plans, and the school may redevelop surface parking lots and vacant land it acquired from NCR.

UD is also figuring out what to do with the empty Chaminade Hall (between St. Marys Hall and the student union) and the school may need a new residence hall in the future, said David Schmidt, vice president. deputy of the UD for planning and construction. management.

But UD officials say the school is going through a financial planning process and a new campus master plan will come later and will take time.

“Full transparency: We’re talking at least two years before we have a brand new campus master plan,” said Rick Krysiak Jr., UD’s vice president for facilities management and planning.

UD is currently developing a new medical building in the 1700 block of Brown Street, which is part of a joint venture with Water Street District developers Woodard Development and Crawford Hoying. Premier Health will be the anchor tenant.

UD also began construction earlier this year on the $43 million Roger Glass Center for the Arts, which sits at the southeast corner of Main and Stewart streets and could be completed by the end of 2023. school also plans to begin a major renovation of its science center. Later this year.

Chaminade Hall was the former home of the School of Education. The 60,000-square-foot, 118-year-old building has lain largely unused since the School of Education moved to Fitz Hall in 2014.

A committee was formed in 2018 to study potential options for reusing or demolishing Chaminade Hall, but no decision has been made at this time, UD officials said.

Looking ahead to the next three to seven years, UD may want to bring new buildings to the Brown and Stewart Street surface parking lots, Schmidt said.

UD officials later said there are no plans for parking lots at this time, and the school is simply hoarding properties and they are a lower priority. . Officials said the lots could support future development and growth should the need arise.

Schmidt said the lots there are too valuable to the city network to allow them to remain as parking. He said the properties could be converted into a mixed-use development similar to University Place, located a block north.

University Place has upstairs apartments and commercial spaces on the first floor occupied by businesses like El Rancho Grande, Bibibop Asian Grill and Potbelly Sandwich Shop.

UD would also like to see five acres of empty land on Patterson Boulevard and Stewart Street redeveloped, possibly into research-focused partner buildings similar to a few nearby facilities, Schmidt said.

The site is just north of the GE Aviation Electrical Power Integrated Systems Center (EPISCenter) where UD students and faculty work alongside engineers and researchers.

The property is also near the Helix Innovation Center, where students and faculty collaborate with Emerson workers on research and innovations in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industries. .

This land “isn’t just going to be sold to any developer who wants to come and move into an office building,” Schmidt said. “He must have a critical connection to the university.”

UD wants to attract a research and development partner that complements the Helix Center and EPISCenter and provides experiential learning opportunities, UD officials said.

UD also plans to continue work on the redevelopment of the former Montgomery County Fairgrounds property.

OnMain, a joint venture between UD and Premier Health, is looking to completely transform the 38-acre site into a variety of uses.

The university doesn’t need a new residence right now, Schmidt said, but the school wants to make sure a potential housing project is part of the planning process in case that changes.

UD’s student population is growing, recently growing to 12,028 undergraduate and graduate students.

UD has increased the size of its campus by nearly 60% since 2009, and much of the growth comes from the school’s purchase of 49 acres from NCR in 2005 and an additional 110 acres in 2011.

UD has facilities on 423 acres of land in the area, up from 270 acres in 2009.

The university has not had a new campus master plan since 2008. However, UD officials have repeatedly appeared before the Dayton Plan Board seeking approval of land use plans for major projects such as the EPISCenter and the Helix center.

After UD made a presentation on its potential facilities priorities, Dayton plan board member Matt Sauer said he would like UD to develop a new master plan as soon as possible. as possible to articulate the school’s vision for its campus.

He said he thinks a few of UD’s newer projects have a suburban feel, which isn’t ideal given their location.

Dayton plan board member Greg Scott said if UD redevelops parking lots on Brown and Stewart Streets, the loss of parking would need to be addressed.

Residential neighborhoods on campus already have problems with students occupying street parking spots that residents and landlords depend on, he said.

Schmidt said he agrees that redevelopment of these sites should include parking plans.

Louisa R. Loomis