FORMER DUNLAP'S PROPERTY PURCHASE COMPLETE - 12/30/05
has purchased the former Dunlap's restaurant property adjacent to campus
for a new bookstore and café that will serve both students and community
residents. Renovations to the site will begin soon, with an expected opening
date of late spring or early summer of 2006.
The purchase completes a
process begun in 2003, when the College initially tried to acquire the
3.4-acre parcel to provide additional student parking. Since then, the
property has changed hands twice, most recently to a developer who sought
to build town homes on the site, but the proposal was withdrawn.
President Steven Timmermans
has worked closely for several months with the Palos Area Community Advisory
Board, a group of independent volunteers seeking to develop mutually beneficial
and reciprocal relationships between the community and the College. According
to Board President Joe McGee, as reported in The Regional, the idea
to turn the property into a bookstore/cafe was "excellent" and will be
"a great community resource."
"I've talked to many nearby
residents who are very supportive and glad there isn't going to be a major
change to the site," Timmermans said. "A bookstore/café is in the
best interest of the College and will help preserve the character of the
The facility will offer a
more spacious and accessible location for the College bookstore and snack
shop, which now occupy the lower level of the administration building.
"This new site will enhance
Trinity's campus and will become a gathering place for students and the
community to meet and interact. The location provides an ideal setting
for us to embrace our neighbors," said Ginny Carpenter, vice president
for student development.