Villanova University’s $225M expansion project is approved

    Expansion at Villanova University has been approved following a 3 ½ year battle between township officials and the school.

    The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Radnor Township commissioners voted 4-2 Monday in favor of approving new dormitories, parking lots and a performance center for the university.

    Work on the $225 million project is slated to begin in the fall.

    Chris Kovolski, a university vice president, says the dorms will house about 1,200 students. The new dorms will allow 83 percent of undergraduates to live on campus and will also include a bistro, apparel store and a convenience store.

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    The budget and timetable for the performance center is pending due to the project being dependent on donor money.

    Opponents of the expansion were concerned Villanova doesn’t give enough back to the township.

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