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Campus Development and Community Revitalization

Virginia Commonwealth University leaders met with representatives of the Monroe Park Campus Advisory Group on June 4 to update community members about VCU construction projects and to discuss community revitalization.

Nearly 50 people turned out for the meeting at The Depot, which housed the former Richmond Glass Company and was a railway station before that. VCU recently completed a nearly $8 million renovation to repurpose the building, allowing the School of the Arts to coordinate a variety of disciplinary programs and community activities there.

VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D., said The Depot is a significant step in the university’s efforts to form a bridge along Broad Street between the MCV and Monroe Park campuses.

“This project is a linchpin in creating a space of vibrancy along Broad Street which the community deserves,” Rao said. “We’re interested in working with the city and others to form partnerships to develop a ‘creative corridor’ along Broad Street.”

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