Swarthmore Debuts Concept for Town Center West Project

by Alisa Giardinelli
town center west concept from rutgers ave.
The College's Board of Managers approved this architectural concept for the Town Center West project at their May 2013 meeting.

A much-anticipated preview of the planned Town Center West (TCW) project took place yesterday when current plans for the project were displayed at a poster session in the Science Center's Eldridge Commons. The session was open to the public and attended by dozens of students, staff, faculty, and community members. 

"This is a really exciting moment in the history of the project and we are very proud of what we are now able to share," says Vice President for Community and College Relations Maurice Eldridge '61. "We look forward to continuing our work with the Borough to successfully obtain the necessary approvals and complete the project in time for a late Spring 2016 opening."

The College has worked for the last few years on creating TCW, a development project that will include a 40-room inn, a restaurant, and an expanded campus store. TCW will provide a much-needed space on campus for parents, alumni, and others to stay when they visit, for faculty to host meetings or conferences with visiting scholars, and a store that serves the campus and the Borough community. It is planned to ultimately serve as a physical and social link between the Borough and the College, promoting collaboration, communication, and opportunities for intellectual engagement involving the entire community.

At its meeting earlier this month, the College's Board of Managers reviewed and gave final approval for proceeding with the TCW project, which will be built on College-owned land near the south entrance to campus and the train station. Also this month, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board approved the application for a liquor license for the project's restaurant.

Further approvals for TCW are required from the Borough, Delaware County, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and the South Eastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. More information about TCW can be found at www.swarthmore.edu/town-center-west.xml