John Carroll University was granted approval by University Heights City Council to construct the St. Ignatius of Loyola Plaza, and the University is also in talks to ask the city of University Heights to approve an emergency-only access road near Murphy Hall.
The plaza, which was first announced in 2012, is set to be built and will include a sculptural trough fountain. Dora Pruce, director of government and community relations at JCU, said that construction will begin after reunion weekend, which takes place June 13-15, and will be completed before classes resume in September. Pruce said that the approval was delayed due to the Murphy Hall renovations.
“We didn’t want to undertake construction of the fountain while Murphy construction was ongoing,” said Pruce.
The fountain is expected to cost about $120,000. It will be built with a storm overflow release and will be 16 inches deep.
Although it was relatively easy for the University to gain city approval for the plaza, the Murphy emergency driveway is still up in the air.
During the construction of Murphy Hall, a temporary driveway was built allowing road access to JCU through Washington Boulevard. The University is now seeking permission to keep this driveway as a permanent emergency roadway for fire trucks and other emergency personnel.
University Heights council voted to request more information and discussion with the school on the driveway.