From the Sewanee Mountain Messenger 3/1/2019
This month’s news in the Village includes several significant steps forward.
All 5 priority projects made important progress last month.
The University has entered into an agreement with BP Construction, a developer from Chattanooga, to be our Development Partner for the Village project. (see related article in this issue). They have the experience to take our plan and generate the necessary progress to make it happen. They have the background to do the site work as well as design capabilities. They have the ability to build and manage many of the aspects of the Village, including activation of the Village Green, tenant recruitment and the property management background to pull it all together. Their immediate focus will be on the commercial development in the Village and in particular, the mixed-use specialty food market building with apartments above. They are working on that design with hopes of sharing the plans in the next couple of months. Their involvement with our project marks a milestone in moving from the planning and conceptual stage to the doing stage.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation is close to finalizing the design and layout of the road project. A big improvement in the plan last month allowed for the Mountain Goat Trail to be a part of the project and will extend the trail from its current terminus at Hawkins Lane through the downtown area along 41-A. We are excited about this and want to thank Patrick Dean and Nate Wilson from the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance for making this happen.
The new Bookstore re-design is nearing completion and the selection of a contractor is underway. I am hopeful that a groundbreaking can occur this spring with an opening next spring. Housing proposals continue to be evaluated while pursuing a variety of options and housing types. I expect that we will have a plan to move forward on this in the very near future.
Other progress to report includes the finalization of the Village stormwater plan that has been underway for several months. It builds off the campus stormwater plan and focuses on specific recommendations and remediations for the core of the Village development area. This plan will be featured in an upcoming Village update meeting.
The March Village update meeting will be held on Tuesday March 5th at the Blue Chair. The 10 am morning session will feature the introduction of our Development Partner, BP Construction with Jim Cheney their VP for Marketing. He will be available to share his vision of how they are approaching the project and to listen to ideas and suggestions about the project. The 5:30 session will also be held to provide an update and discussion regarding the inclusion of the Development Partner to the project. Hope to see you there.
Frank X. Gladu
Sewanee Village Project Manager
Frank X. Gladu is a Special Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor and project Manager for the Sewanee Village Development. He can be reached at email@example.com or 931-598-3397. More information can be obtained at www.sewanee.edu/village