7 summer developments every Queens student should know about

  1. A legal spat between the Myers Park Homeowners Association (MPHA) and Queens University—which forced Queens to postpone construction plans for Belk Chapel—ended over the summer. The resolution came after Queens and the MPHA agreed to a Declaration of Restrictions, which set limits for how much Queens’ building square footage can grow, said Troy Luttman, assistant vice president for campus planning and services. Queens’ buildings currently occupy 775,000 square feet over about 24 acres of land. Under this agreement, Queens will be allowed to grow campus building square footage to a total of 1,162, 000 square feet. That means that Queens can grow 387, 000 more feet, about another 50 percent more than its current size. For comparison’s sake, an average home size in 2013 was 2,598 square feet, according to CNN.
  2. With the ending of Queens’ dispute with the MPHA, construction on the addition to Belk Chapel is set to begin. Queens is currently seeking bids for the project, Luttman said. Once it’s under contract, construction on the building’s addition will start quickly and take around nine months, he said. The chapel’s addition will house a reception hall as well as the Pamela Davies Center for Faith and Outreach.
  3. The long-vacant Walker Hall—which will be renamed the Knight Crane Hall—is under construction. Among other things, the Knight Crane Hall, named for Trustee Marjorie Knight Crane and her husband Alpo, will house the Center for Student Success, the Internship and Career Center, and the Knight School of Communication. Its estimated completion date is January 2016.
  4. The Lion’s Den is now open—and boasts some new additions—after it was forced to temporarily close late last semester when a pipe blockage leaked sewage into the on-campus restaurant. In addition to replacing the pipe, workers installed new flooring, lighting and bench furniture as well as new TVs, Luttman said. They also fixed issues with the outdoor speakers and constructed a stage inside the building.
  5. The Lion’s Den also has a new menu, Luttman said, adding that Queens students can also expect other surprises there as well. Over the summer, the coffee house received a fresh a coat of paint and was “refreshed,” he said.
  6. The information technology department has announced two on-campus Royal Recharge stations for smartphones and mobile devices. The charging stations support Apple, Android, and other devices, and will be located in Trexler and the Everett library. Each station offers eight charging ports. Brian Baute, chief information officer for Queens, told faculty and staff that the stations would offer campus community members the opportunity to get a quick charge, on the go, when they don’t have access to their office or residence.
  7. More than 50 new faculty and staff members joined Queens during the summer, including Rick Mathieu, new dean of the McColl School of Business; Costas Solomou, new dean of admissions; and Eric Shoaf, associate dean and university librarian. The Queens Chronicle will help introduce these new members of the Queens community to students throughout the year.

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