Due in part to Liberty University’s tremendous growth in recent years, Lynchburg City Council recently conveyed several acres of land to the university. The acquisition is the undeveloped portion at the end of Ericsson Drive, the 90-foot-wide right-of-way in front of the Lahaye Ice Center now owned by the city. The acquired property runs from there to the railroad tracks behind the home run fence at Worthington Field.
Despite previous plans to connect U.S. 460 with Wards Road, council members voted 6-1 in favor of returning the property to the university, permitting future on-campus construction and building opportunities. The council will decide upon awarding the existing portion of Ericsson Drive to Liberty at a later meeting.
The undeveloped property will give LU an additional four acres of land.
“This land is centrally located and will be a prime site for future academic buildings,” Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. said.
Lee Beaumont, LU’s director of auxiliary services, said the acquisition of the easement will help stabilize the on-campus traffic flow and prevent division between Campus North and Main Campus.
“It just makes it more of a pedestrian- and mass transit-friendly campus,” he stated. “Anytime you can avoid having those main public roads going through the campus, it just makes it so much better.”