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Fordham Breaks Ground on Parking Facility

Contact: Megan Dowd

NEW YORKConstruction is under way on the Fordham Regional Parking Facility following a June 10 groundbreaking ceremony attended by dozens of elected and appointed officials, Fordham administrators and guests.

“This morning, we mark yet another milestone in Fordham University's long and historic relationship with our beloved Bronx,” Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University, told the audience in Parking Lot H on the University's Rose Hill campus, where the facility will be built.

The project, which was initiated in 1998, is the culmination of efforts by the University in collaboration with city, state and federal government officials. The parking facility is expected to open in 2006.

When completed, the parking facility will serve as a hub for mass transit. After completion of the project, Fordham will provide shuttle service to and from the University, the New York Botanical Garden, the Bronx Zoo, the Belmont-Arthur Avenue neighborhood and shopping district, and the Metro North Rail Line for parking facility patrons. The shuttle service will be financed through revenues generated by the parking facility.

The 1,546-space lot will be built under the supervision of Desman Associates, the project's principal architect, on 4.6 acres at the southeastern tip of the Rose Hill campus. The new facility will provide both short-term and long-term paid parking, serving both the general public and University needs.

All of the additional surface parking lots on the Rose Hill campus will be decommissioned, providing open space and opportunities for future development.

The 477,000-square-foot lot originally was owned by Fordham, but was taken over by the city in the early 1900s to build the City Hospital of New York.  The hospital was torn down and Fordham repurchased the land in 1977, turning it into the current Parking Lot H.

The University has also completed the third phase of renovations at Keating Hall. Improvements include a new student lounge, language laboratory, fine arts studio, several music practice rooms, flexible practice space for the arts and air conditioners in the first and third floor lecture halls. 

A renovated organic chemistry lab in John Mulcahy Hall is opening this fall stocked with new fume hoods, benches and sinks, lighting and new lab equipment.

Fordham continues to be a leader among area colleges in fire safety for students living in residence halls. Over the summer, the University installed new sprinkler systems at Tierney Hall on the Rose Hill campus and St. John’s Hall on the Marymount campus. All but one of the University's 13 residence halls have new sprinkler systems.

Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to approximately 15,800 students in its five undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx, Manhattan and Tarrytown, and the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y.

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