Loyola College to purchase 3.79 acres on York Road Land would help alleviate campus parking problems

March 13, 1998|By Edward Gunts | Edward Gunts,SUN STAFF

In a move that promises to give Loyola College in Maryland more room for expansion and help improve the York Road corridor, college administrators plan to buy a parcel in Govans that was last used by the Schaefer & Strominger Ford dealership.

The Rev. Harold Ridley, S. J., college president, announced that Loyola has entered into an agreement to purchase the land and buildings at 5104 York Road for expansion. The sale by Louda Limited Partnership, for an undisclosed amount, is expected to be final by April 1.

The land would be Loyola's second major acquisition near its Charles Street campus in the past two years. In October 1996, it acquired the 21-acre Boumi Temple property at 4606 N. Charles St. for $7.5 million.

The 3.79-acre York Road parcel contains a 35,600-square-foot auto showroom and garage and space to park nearly 400 cars. Last used as a car dealership in 1997, it is a half-mile east of the center of Loyola's Charles Street campus and one-eighth of a mile from its eastern border.

College officials plan to begin work on several large additions to the Charles Street campus, including a $12 million business school, a $5 million science center expansion and a recreation center.

They want to use the York Road property to meet parking needs for students and employees and to house administrative departments that don't have to be in the heart of the campus, such as the printing service, post office and shuttle bus operations.

"We have begun to work closely with city representatives and the surrounding communities and businesses to ensure that we enhance the character and quality of the York Road corridor," Ridley said. "I am confident that our use of this property will be a benefit to both the college and the community. It's a nice complement to some of the new construction and renovation we're beginning to implement."

Tom Marudas, vice chairman of a neighborhood coalition that has been working with Loyola, said the acquisition appears to be a good way for the college to meet its growth needs without harming surrounding communities.

"Assuming that what they put over there doesn't adversely affect the nearest neighborhoods -- Radnor-Winston and Gallagher Park -- it does give them a relief valve in terms of parking and other facilities that they want to move away from the main campus," Marudas said. "We find it to be a positive step."

Pub Date: 3/13/98

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