Lackawanna College celebrated the beginning of construction on the 409 Adams Avenue building in downtown Scranton during a special groundbreaking ceremony with Lackawanna College President, Mark Volk, local legislators, and other College representatives.
Kicking off the construction phase of the smaller building in the Adams Avenue complex, President Volk remarked, “We are excited to begin the renovation of this important piece of property. Beyond its conversion to a new dining commons and culinary teaching kitchens, it breathes new life into an area that has for decades been in disrepair and adds a new chapter to the rebirth of the city of Scranton.”
The two-story, 14,400 square foot building at 409 Adams will include industrial teaching kitchens for the Hospitality and Culinary Arts programs, Baking and Pastry program, student study space, and a student dining commons. The dining commons is a crucial expansion necessary to meet the needs of existing students as well future needs as Lackawanna College’s growth continues. In addition, the College will update and improve the appearance of the building, with new exterior glazed openings, exterior signage and masonry coating. Plans include a redesign of the building entrance, creating a glass-enclosed entranceway, and repairing the sidewalks along Adams Avenue. Construction on the building is expected to be completed by fall 2018.
Lackawanna College received financial assistance for this project through a $3,000,000 grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) under the direction of Governor Tom Wolf. Built in the 1970s, the two-story building and adjacent courtyard will be renovated and outfitted using both RACP funds and private contributions.
The Commons at 409 project will support the growth of Lackawanna College’s degree programs and student life at the Main Campus, while spurring additional community improvement projects in the city of Scranton.
Committed to aiding in the revitalization of downtown Scranton, the College has a history of purchasing and restoring timeworn, underutilized structures on its Main Campus footprint for modern use as classroom space, residential housing facilities, and a state-of-the-art Student Union. By adding to its footprint in downtown Scranton, Lackawanna College demonstrates its dedication to addressing current student needs and planning for inevitable growth to serve NEPA residents. Eighty percent of Lackawanna students who attend classes at the main campus in Scranton or at centers in Hawley, Hazleton, and the School of Petroleum & Natural Gas in New Milford, and Towanda are local residents.
The groundbreaking ceremony marks another chapter in a historic year of growth for Lackawanna College. Lackawanna’s fall 2017-18 fall semester boasted a record-setting freshman class and overall largest enrollment in the College’s history. This year, the College also began accepting it’s first bachelor’s degree student’s, signed additional transfer agreements with several universities, opened a new center in Sunbury, and announced the expansion of its Hazleton Center.
Founded in 1894, Lackawanna College is a private, accredited college serving the people of northeastern Pennsylvania. With a main campus situated in downtown Scranton, Lackawanna’s expanding footprint also includes satellite centers in Hawley, Hazleton, New Milford, Sunbury, and Towanda. Learn more at www.lackawanna.edu.