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Traffic the Issue with Villanova Plan For Some

On Monday evening Radnor's Board of Commissioners will hold a hearing and vote on the introduction of an ordinance.

On Monday evening Radnor's Board of Commissioners will hold a hearing and vote on the introduction of an ordinance of the Petition for Amendment to the Radnor Township Zoning Ordinance submitted by Villanova University. The Petition for Amendment proposes the establishment of a new Comprehensive Integrated College Development Use within the Planned Institutional District of the township.

The information starts on page 104 of this document.

According to Philly.com, the university is back with a "slightly scaled-down version" that includes reduced heights for some buildings, a smaller garage, and a bridge across Lancaster Avenue.

But some residents continue to be concerned with the new plan, it reports.

"I'm less concerned with how tall buildings are than what Villanova intends to do with all those cars," said Rick Leonardi, who lives near campus and is a member of Friends to Preserve Radnor, which opposed the plan, Philly.com reports.

Although school officials have said that their plan to keep more students housed on campus would reduce traffic in surrounding neighborhoods, opposed groups have maintained concern.

Read the traffic study here.

The Board of Commissioners meeting is at 7 p.m. Monday. You can watch the meeting live on Comcast channel 10 and Verizon channel 30.
Intheweeds September 23, 2013 at 11:59 AM
How will the elimination of the commuting of 1200 students INCREASE traffic?????? How will the construction of a pedestrian overpass on Lancaster Ave INCREASE traffic????? THOUSANDS of daily person trips will be eliminated. I have yet to see anyone ask or get an answer to that question. The university is NOT EXPANDING. Its enrollment is not increasing. Radnor residents should be DEMANDING this project.
Assaggiatore September 23, 2013 at 02:23 PM
@Intheweeds. What do you think the parking garage is for? They want more students in addition to fewer commuters. I can't even drive past there now without worrying about the traffic. Many of the students are very aggressive drivers too. Some of the other behavior I have seen exhibited by students adjacent to campus would make Hugh Hefner blush.
Intheweeds September 23, 2013 at 02:28 PM
You are 100% WRONG. Enrollment at Villanova has been stable for 30+ years. So, you're complaining about all the student drivers, and problems with them in neighborhoods, then fighting a project that will eliminate commutes and clear out the neighborhoods of students. With each and every housing project over the past 30 years (south campus and west campus) residents fought, even though Villanova said that the enrollment isn't going to rise. Villanova needs these dorms and students on campus to be more competitive in the marketplace.
Radnorite September 23, 2013 at 02:37 PM
Hysterical! Assaggiatore contradicts his own argument in the same paragraph! Villanova is not going to raise enrollment. They have not in the past 30 years and wont going forward. Can we please just get this over with so the selfish people that are doing all they can to hold up the project with specious arguments can cease with their tired act? Their selfish mantra is giving the rest of us a bad name.
Kristin Strid September 23, 2013 at 05:57 PM
I am one of the many Villanova neighbors who is for the new expansion. I live opposite a dorm and have lived here all most of my life. How great it would be to have attractive buildings, paths, trees, a performing arts center and young energetic people to look at instead of an asphalt parking lot. This is a college town and has been so long before any of the present neighbors moved in. Did they know that when they decided to live here? Have they taken the time to visit the beautiful west campus? If the plan goes through,instead of commuters who clog the roadways in the mornings and afternoons, we will have residents who will leave their cars in the garage for most of the day. I take the traffic as an expected side effect of leaving near a vibrant university that gives the community so much. I think Villanova is the largest employer of Radnor township, contributes to the tax base, helps keep our township beautiful, and constantly gives back to the community. A walkway has been needed for years. I say bravo to the planners for their hard work in trying to make it work. Kristin Strid
Carter Fisher September 23, 2013 at 08:56 PM
Come on, we all know Villanova is the best neighbor in all of Radnor Township. They care deeply about the township and the residents. Oh well, I couldn't even type that without laughing. But at least we can trust them to not increase enrollment since they promised they wouldn't. Wait a sec, I remember when...oh never mind.
Assaggiatore September 23, 2013 at 09:25 PM
I'm all for the walkway and have wanted one for 25 years. I have to avoid the intersection. Radnorite misinterpreted what I said. Contradicting my own argument. More students CAN equal less commuters. There will be more students ON campus because the number of commuters can go down with enrollment still going up. They will just add another residence hall anyway. I've lived in the area for many years and have witnessed expansion after expansion on campus. They make promises they have not kept so their credibility is damaged. Kristin makes a good point too. The fact they are a massive contributor to the tax base means a better rationale for the university if they ever want to use Eminent Domain on some of the neighboring residences. With the 2005 SCOTUS decision they have a right to do this now. The question is will they? They are landlocked so the only way to expand is to buy or take property from the neighbors. Sorry for being harsh but if having been assaulted by Villanova students as often as I have, one tends to not want more of them around. If they cracked down on the student's hooliganism, I would be more sympathetic. I have a close friend who is prof there and agrees with me 100% that the students need to behave better.
Radnorite September 23, 2013 at 09:50 PM
Carter, please cite this growth in enrollment you reference. Also, please do not contradict yourself in your argument like Assaggiatore did. Thanks.
Catherine September 24, 2013 at 07:27 AM
Assaulted by Villanova students? What'd they do, step on your foot with their docksiders or throw their Catholicism 101 textbooks at you? This is a Jesuit University - not Temple, where the administration had to step in and cancel an infamous and annual campus-wide drunk party weekend. Those games of Quidditch and pick-up soccer on the Lancaster Avenue lawns are such a blight on the community. Of course, there's a tiny segment of the student population that acts up, but these are good, clean-cut kids whose parents are paying hefty private school tuition. It's a competitive school, too, where the students are bright enough to know that using proper English, one would write "more students can equal FEWER commuters".
Intheweeds September 24, 2013 at 07:47 AM
Let's be clear on something Assaggiatore - Villanova has not increased enrollment in over 30 years. Villanova has no plans to increase enrollment at all. These are Residence Halls - not new educational spaces. Traffic will be exponentially reduced by thousands of daily car trips being eliminated. Also remember there are students in neighborhoods from Eastern, Cabrini, Rosemont, Harcum, Bryn Mawr and Haverford - all student-created quality of life issues are not exclusively Villanova's responsibility.
Kristin Strid September 24, 2013 at 07:55 AM
I think allowing the building of another ugly-box-store Rite Aid with a giant parking lot in the center of beautiful Radnor makes me wonder.
John F. Haines September 27, 2013 at 12:49 AM
To see this meeting, please see my blog under "Tapings" or go to www.youtube.com/jhainessr
i grew here you moved here September 27, 2013 at 12:07 PM
Catherine, your assessment of VU students is inaccurate...and it is not a Jesuit University.
Radnorite September 27, 2013 at 03:05 PM
Well well well, and lo and behold, not a single comment from my well informed neighbors on the article I have linked. Shame on you! http://www.mainlinemedianews.com/articles/2011/12/21/main_line_suburban_life/news/doc4ef22d66d5eac444408118.txt?viewmode=fullstory
Radnorite September 27, 2013 at 03:30 PM
By the way, one google search was all it took to invalidate Mr. Wood's account of how Villanova is a bad neighbor.
Kristin Strid September 27, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Great informstion for all of the disenters to read We owe much to VU BTW The priests are Augustinians
Radnorite September 27, 2013 at 04:51 PM
"i grew up here, you moved here" Can't Villanova say the same about you? Just sayin'
Catherine September 27, 2013 at 05:32 PM
Thanks for the correction, Kristin. And, interestingly, the Augustinians are actually more strict than the Jesuits.
Intheweeds September 27, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Here's the question to ask these people opposed "Is it better for Radnor to have 2000 commuting Villanova students or 800?"

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