North Park Blvd. to get name change

April 19th, 2012

On June 15, John Carroll will be changing its address for the third time in its 125-year history. The first time was in 1935 when the University moved from its location on the west side of the city (now St. Ignatius High School) to its current residence at 20700 North Park Blvd. This time, the campus won’t be going anywhere, but the address will be 1 John Carroll Blvd.

Last summer and fall, the University worked with the University Heights and Shaker Heights city councils. They both unanimously approved ordinances to rename North Park Boulevard to “John Carroll Boulevard” along the section of the street that is in front of the shopping center, up to the Carroll Gate entrance to campus.

Dora Pruce, the University’s director of government and community relations, said, “We were happy to work with the cities and accomplish the street name decision during our 125th year. This change will help facilitate visitors and prospective students to locate the campus and enhance the feel of entering our campus community from the mainentrance.” Pruce also said that on the week of April 16, the entire campus community will be receiving an email that provides information on the new address, maps and directions. Even though the new street name does mean John Carroll will be getting a new address, Carrie Huszczo, supervisor of the JCU Mail Center, does not think that people will have any issues getting their mail sent to the correct place. She said people have been writing the wrong address for years and the packages still get sent to the right place.

“We do not foresee any problems. A lot of times people just write John Carroll without the full address and it still gets sent to us. Sometimes they don’t even write the correct city. As long as they have the correct zip code, it will get sent to the correct post office and get to us,” said Huszczo.

According to Pruce, the University plans to get new stationary and business cards to include the new street name change, and provide information to students and parents about this over the summer.
The feedback has been nothing but positive from the campus community.

“It’s very prestigious for John Carroll to have its own boulevard. I think it looks good for the university and will draw more students in,” said Huszco.

There will be a formal ceremony on June 15 to celebrate JCU’s official address change from 20700 North Park Blvd. to 1 John Carroll Blvd. Ben and Jerry’s will also be hosting an ice cream social for the occasion, which will begin at 3 p.m.

The ceremony will be a kick-off to Reunion Weekend, which will be held on campus on June 17.