Construction to begin this spring on McCartney Street residence hall for fall 2020 opening, college announces

McCartney Street will be the site of construction next semester, as Lafayette will start building its new mixed-use residence hall. It is planned to be four stories tall with 165 beds. The building should be open for use starting fall 2020, with upper-class student housing, a diner, the college bookstore and a patio. A hearing […]

With residents and the college making claims about student parking, students respond

When the college’s preliminary plans for the expansion project were approved by the Easton Planning Commission last Wednesday, much of the discussion surrounded concerns from residents and commissioners about whether students would comply with the new parking regulations. However, there was no actual student voice present to offer insight on the issue. In accordance with […]

Lafayette clears first hurdle with preliminary approval of reconfigured McCartney dorm plan

The Easton Planning Commission voted five to two to approve Lafayette College’s preliminary land development plan for the college’s McCartney Mixed-Use Dormitory Project. Last September, the planning commission voted not to recommend the college’s previous land development plan. However, the new preliminary plan was submitted under the new zoning ordinance that was amended for the […]

Vote on Cattell and McCartney buildings postponed two weeks: College, city and community continue to discuss concerns

In a meeting between the college, the city and neighbors from College Hill last Thursday, a collective decision was made to postpone the Easton City Council vote for the ordinance changes originally scheduled for this Wednesday for two more weeks, Vice President of Finance and Administration Roger Demareski said. The ordinance changes are necessary for […]

College aims to compromise with concerned Easton residents, proposes reevaluation of dorm project

In response to continued pushback from College Hill residents in regards to the McCartney Dorm Project, the college publicly announced its willingness to concede 30 percent of the beds of the new housing project and reevaluate the use of the land on the corner of Cattell and High Streets. Vice President of Finance and Administration […]

Easton Mayor confirms support for expansion, next public hearing March 8

Earlier this month, Easton Mayor Sal Panto and City Council affirmed their support for the Lafayette expansion project, and Panto said he was working on writing ordinances to clarify some of the issues that the Easton Planning Commission identified with the McCartney dorm project. The college originally planned to open the new dorms for fall […]

Students voice concerns over expansion

College officials stood before students this week answering questions about opposition to the college’s expansion and inquiries into how the college is going about it. Some students left unsatisfied. Attendee Danya Kats ’19 asked presenters Vice President of Finance and Administration Roger Demareski and Vice President of Campus Life Annette Diorio about the lack of […]

College Hill residents push back on expansion: “Keep it in your campus” and save the neighborhood

Some College Hill residents have found a new way to tell Lafayette that they don’t want its new dormitories in their neighborhood. Organizer of the “Save College Hill” and runner of the Facebook page, Lafayette professor and city planner Paul Felder said he has received 40 requests for signs that read “Save College Hill,” “Keep it […]

Expansion plan setback: Lafayette’s land development plans not recommended for approval

The Easton Planning Commission voted 5 to 1 to recommend that Lafayette’s subdivision and land development plan not be approved for their new dormitories on McCartney Street. The Easton Zoning Board receives their recommendation and has final say on approval, but the college can withdraw their plans from consideration by the board. While the dorms may […]

Expansion to improve market position with need-blindness

Roughly three years ago, the college put together a task force to grapple with the slow increase in enrollment they observed. Class sizes had been growing by about 10 people every year to deal with budgetary pressures. The committee of professors and administrators asked, should Lafayette stop the gradual creep? Should Lafayette decrease enrollment? Should Lafayette […]

College gets green light to build McCartney dorm

After several months of neighborhood pushback, the Easton City Council has approved Lafayette’s plans to build new dormitories on McCartney Street. The council voted four to two in favor of the zoning amendments needed for the plans. The college asked the city council to allow it to build 55-foot “mixed use” dormitories on McCartney Street. A diner and […]