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Top Stories 2012: Pace Plans For Major Expansion

The Pace University Master Plan video was produced in the Fall 2011 semester of Dr. Maria Luskay's Producing and Directing Corporate Video Class. The class had both a graduate and undergraduate section. Video Credit: marialuskay

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. - As 2012 draws to an end, The Mount Pleasant Daily Voice is looking back at some of the top stories of the year .

Pace University presented its massive $100 million expansion plan to the Mount Pleasant Planning Board earlier this year, though it could be years before Pleasantville sees the improvements.

Representatives from the university gave their expansion plans for the Pleasantville campus in early May. The plan calls for three new dorm buildings, new athletic facilities and landscape changes among many more new features. Pace announced that its intent is to sell its Briarcliff campus and move all of its functions onto the Pleasantville campus.

"We’re looking at how the infrastructure can do double or triple the duty while also maintaining the flow of the campus,” said Andrew Tung, the engineer behind Pace’s master plan. “This plan is launching us into our next 50 years.”

Under the plan, two new dorms will be placed next to the Goldstein Athletic center and a third dorm will be built next to the current student center, which will also be expanded. The school also plans to build a grassy area over the parking lot currently between the student center and athletic center, which will serve as a centralized hang out area for students.

The baseball and football fields will be replaced entirely with a new turf surface and the football field will be designed as an all-purpose field to accommodate soccer and lacrosse as well. A new field house will be built near the football field as well as a fourth tennis court and a softball field near Bedford Road.

Pace is planning for the construction to take 7 1/2 years to complete and said the campus will be fully functioning throughout the entire process.

The plan is currently in the SEQRA process with the Mount Pleasant Planning Board to determine the environmental impact of the expansion.

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