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Villanova Dorm Plan Moving Forward After Township OK

The Radnor Township Board of Commissioners on Monday night voted to approve needed zoning changes.

Plans by Villanova University to build dorms on Lancaster Avenue will be moving forward.

The Radnor Township Board of Commissioners on Monday night voted to approve the zoning changes needed for the project, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported

The contentious plan has been in the works for more than two years, and has drawn strong opposition from some Radnor residents.

In an existing parking lot on Lancaster Avenue, Villanova plans to build dorms, a parking garage, a bookstore and a performing arts center.

The plan also includes a pedestrian bridge over Lancaster, where thousands of students cross every day. 

Critics of the proposal have said the construction will increase both noise and traffic in the area.

The dorms will allow for on-campus housing for an additional 1,200 students, the Inquirer said, and Villanova says having those students live on campus will reduce area traffic. 

The zoning change was approved by a vote of 6 to 2.

What do you think about Villanova's plans? Let us know in the comments below.
Bob Hoozenblat April 01, 2014 at 03:53 PM
What's the point of zoning rules if the commissioners can change them on the fly? Why don't we just build a Wal-Mart in St. Davids?
Radnorite April 01, 2014 at 09:44 PM
Finally we can get this behind us and focus on more pressing matters. Well done to all involved!
John Child April 02, 2014 at 06:49 AM
Radnor Planning was against it. Delaware County Planning was against it. Why have Planning Boards? Why have rules? Why have regs? The Wayne-end of Radnor will be even further cut off from the Rosemont-end... WestSide vs EastEnd ... Brace Yourselves: The Concrete Curtain is about to be dropped onto Radnor Twp. Welcome To Metropolis!

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