May 2013 - As the Pace University Pleasantville campus prepares to celebrate its 50th Anniversary in September, I am delighted to announce that the Board of Trustees has unanimously approved the first phase of the University's Master Site Plan, which will transform and reposition the Pleasantville campus for its next 50 years.
The Master Plan's first phase will achieve several exciting advances, including the construction of two new residential buildings, a new and improved home for the Environmental Center, expansion of the west side of the Kessel student center to add dining capacity and more student gathering spaces, and upgraded athletic facilities to replace those being vacated at the Briarcliff campus.
With beautifully landscaped pathways and a new central campus green, the first phase of the Master Plan will also help Pace make significant progress toward a sustainable campus that reduces dependence on cars and encourages pedestrian activity.
After more than three years of planning and regulatory approvals, we anticipate breaking ground in late summer upon receiving the required approvals from the Town of Mount Pleasant. Initial steps will involve construction in the area of Parking Lot K, the lot adjacent to the Goldstein Fitness Center, and just north of Paton House, which will be the new location of the Environmental Center as well as the preparation of detailed construction drawings for the new construction. Later in the year, the University will arrange financing for the major part of the first phase.
I encourage you to visit this website where you will find the latest information about the project and construction updates as we move forward on the first phase of the plan.
I am grateful for the outstanding work that many members of the University have put into this historic project, especially Bill McGrath and his team. The enhancements to the Pleasantville campus are part of a broader plan of revitalization, greater efficiencies, and growth for the whole University. The capital improvements in Pleasantville represent an investment and commitment to the future of the Westchester campus, as do new academic programs.
We are all very excited about the changes to come and thank you for your continued interest and support.
Enjoy the summer months!
Stephen J. Friedman