University Acquires New Land

By James Leonard | News Editor

Building being torn down near O’Hara Hall | James Leonard

SCRANTON – New land acquisitions by the university close to campus are leading to many rumors on how the new property will be used.

In early February university President Fr. Marina put out a statement which stated that the university does indeed own the block of newly demolished property including the old funeral home behind Linden which was in the process of being demolished during the week of January 24.

“This property is critically important to the future of our campus, and I am very grateful for the generosity that made such an acquisition possible,” Marina said.

The company that was in charge of the demolition, DFM Properties LLC, said that there were no set plans for the future of the property, but the new demolition project has led to speculation among students who would like to see some changes to campus.

Emma Hughes, class of 2025 biology major, said that she would like to see a space dedicated to the university community.

“Me and I know many more would like to see a relaxed area for students to hangout, relax in between class, or study,” Hughes said. “Better food options for students are always welcome as well.”

With the recent removal of the Dunkin’ in the City Market downtown, some students including graduate student Selene Lopez, would like to see a branch of the franchise return closer to campus.

“A Dunkin’ Donuts would be really nice to have, especially since there is not one within walking distance between classes,” Lopez said. “That would help our already struggling dining staff.”

Some students would prefer if the space was dedicated as a place for students to hangout after hours.

“Having an off-campus bar would be amazing,” class of 2022 health administration major Michael Volpe said.

The funeral home is on the same block as four other buildings that were acquiesced last Spring and no news has come out regarding the future of those buildings.

Associate Vice President of Facilities Management Jim Caffery described the state of the buildings.

“Three of the four buildings were vacant,” Caffery said. “These buildings are in disrepair and are a safety hazard and they are being demolished to create a safer campus.”

There has been no official word on whether the funeral home on Linden was demolished for the same reason. Last semester signs on the building pointed to it being repurposed for student housing but has since been torn down.