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LU to purchase off-campus facility for maintenance department

February 3, 2010 : University Advancement staff

Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. has announced that Liberty University is purchasing an off-campus facility to house the school’s maintenance department and some divisions of field operations, including transportation. Part of the building will also serve as the temporary home for Liberty’s welding engineering program.

Moving the maintenance department and service vehicles to the new location will free up to 26,000 square feet of building space for academic uses and about 200 parking spaces on campus, he said.

The 26,500-square-foot facility, owned by Young Moving & Storage, is located at 4000 Mayflower Drive, less than a mile from campus — closer than River Ridge mall. The new location also puts the department closer to the Annex residence hall (formerly Lynchburg Inn).

Falwell had a chance to tour the building this week and said the facility will be a great asset to Liberty. Comparable in size to Liberty’s Schilling Center (a multi-purpose facility on main campus), the building has been kept in near-mint condition since it was built in the 1970s, he said. It has a fenced-in parking lot with enough space for Liberty’s maintenance and service vehicles. It has been estimated that the parking spots it will free up on campus are worth a total of $250,000 in savings for what it would have cost to construct new ones.

But the acquisition is actually saving Liberty much more money, he said. Liberty already had site and building plans in place for new construction of a maintenance building on campus.

“I am so glad we delayed the construction because the savings to LU by acquiring this building will be in the millions,” Falwell said. “It really excites me to see how God continues to bless LU with miracles like this.”

A contract was signed on Friday, Jan. 29 to purchase the property for $880,000. LU will close on the deal in about 30 days.