Varsity Village Concept Wins Okay from Trustees
Date: Sept. 26, 2000
By: Chris Curran
Phone: (513) 556-1806
Photos by: Dottie Stover
Archive: General News
The UC Board of Trustees approved the concept for a
consolidated Varsity Village sports complex and new athletic
fields to be shared by recreational and varsity sports Tuesday,
Dale McGirr, vice president for Finance, said the
plans unveiled during the meeting are "consistent with the Master
Plan and a good vision" for the university.
The proposed new
building would allow Athletics to combine a number of offices and
services in a single location. Those include weight training,
health services, ticket sales, and coaching offices. Student
health services would be included in the building, because
Athletics shares many of same health professionals.
building would be located between Shoemaker and Daniels Hall,
which would require the demolition of the Sander Annex and Dabney
Hall. "Dabney is difficult to rehab, and it will be replaced by
new housing," said McGirr, who added that all programs and
facilities affected by the demolition would be moved to new
locations on campus.
The second major part of the new athletics
plan is combined-use recreational and varsity outdoor facilities.
Those include new all-weather practice fields and a new tennis
complex located between the Shoemaker Center and Meyers Field.
Johnny Bench Field would be moved off campus; however, McGirr
noted that baseball needs more room for parking, locker rooms,
and seating which is not available on campus.
"The plan would
make these facilities much more accessible to the general student
body," said McGirr, who noted this was the first time a
comprehensive shared-use schedule has been negotiated with
recreational and varsity sports.
The funding and timing for
construction will be considered at a later date. McGirr noted it
would be possible to develop Varsity Village as a series of
projects rather than a single, large construction project.
trustees also heard an update on temporary Main Street facilities
to be opened on campus next year. Niraj Dangoria, director of
campus planning, explained how large wayfinding markers will help
direct people to the services and offices they need to find.
"They will very visible, very tall," said Dangoria, "so you
should always be able to see them."
There will also be several
meetings this quarter where the campus community can learn more
about the temporary Main Street facilities. "We're doing more
than just maps," said Dangoria. "We'll meet with Faculty Senate
at their October meeting. We're meeting with UCAAMP, student
groups. We're going to talk to as many people as possible." The
Ohio Board of Regents approved the bond pledge for construction
of the complete Main Street project last week.
Plans for a new
900-car parking garage on Clifton Avenue were put on hold to give
developers, residents, and UC more time to consider new
suggestions regarding the housing components of the plan. A
revised development plan is likely to include less parking and
more housing, including modern buildings to replace some of the
aging fraternity and sorority houses in the area. McGirr
indicated the planning "could take a few months" to make sure
that everyone's interests are taken into account.