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 […]

Expansion plans vote postponed, more concerns voiced

There was no vote on Lafayette’s expansion plans at the Easton City Council meeting Wednesday, but community members and college representatives still took four hours to dispute and discuss the college’s proposed expansion plans. College Hill residents voiced concerns at the meeting that there was no foreseeable way to stop the college from buying more properties and […]

College’s plans met with resistance from Easton commission

The Easton Planning Commission capped off a six-hour meeting with a 3-2 vote against recommending the college’s proposed zoning amendment for its expansion. The college came to the meeting with two proposals: the plans for modular housing on the March Field parking lots and the changes to the zoning amendment. The planning commission voted unanimously to […]

College to cut 60 off-campus parking permits

Lafayette College announced at Easton’s most recent planning commission meeting that it intends to decrease off-campus parking to accommodate other changes linked to its expansion. The college intends to cut its student residential parking permits by almost a quarter, from 250 to 190. Additionally, parking at Clinton Terrace will become the city’s property and metered parking […]

Questions about expansion dominate town hall

Nearly one year since Lafayette announced its expansion plans, President Alison Byerly opened a town hall meeting where audience members questioned the college’s future. During time for questions, the audience voiced their concerns, which included what happens if building construction cannot go as planned, if temporary classroom and office space will be necessary and the future of the Bushkill Drive […]

Vote on Lafayette’s zoning changes postponed to April

Lafayette plans to expand the school and increase class sizes, but the residents of College Hill are more concerned about what might get destroyed in the process, according to Paul Felder, The Village on College Hill’s liaison to the college. Last Wednesday, Feb. 1, the Easton Planning Commission decided along with the college to postpone a […]

The move downtown: Lafayette’s name on four floors in the Alpha Building

Lafayette departments have now taken over three floors – soon to be four – of the Alpha Building in downtown Easton. With admissions joining Information Technology Services, community engagement and communications downtown on Wednesday, Lafayette will shortly occupy floors three, four, five and six of the building. Vice President and Chief Information Officer John O’Keefe said that despite the […]

College to break ground on new science center in May

With a groundbreaking ceremony planned in May 2017, the college will begin its construction of the new Integrated Science Center (ISC) on Anderson Courtyard. According to Campus Architect Mary Wilford-Hunt, the building is expected to be open for use in August 2019. The new building will be located in between the Acopian Engineering Center and […]

Skyway secures $1.5 million, seeks $3 million more

Lafayette College announced Tuesday that the plans for building an elevator between campus and downtown Easton have come $1.5 million closer to its $9.6-million reality. The commonwealth of Pennsylvania awarded Lafayette a grant from the state’s pool devoted to annual economic development projects. Lafayette applied for about $3 million in funding and presented before the state government […]

College postpones start of new dorm construction

The college’s planned onset of construction of its $46 million expansion plans has been postponed from this spring to next fall. Concerns have been voiced from the community about the impact it would have on the aesthetic of the College Hill neighborhood. Paul Felder, a neighborhood liaison who has been working with Lafayette since September, said that […]

Lafayette plans to raise McCartney Street to new heights with $46 million concept

Roughly nine months before Lafayette plans to break ground on major construction, the college released to Easton city officials at a City Council meeting a price tag and visuals for the McCartney Street residence halls. The college’s developer for the site from Cattell Street to McCartney, EdR Collegiate Housing, estimated the cost for the hall at $46 million. […]