The privately funded mixed-use residential housing project along McCartney Street is proceeding ahead of schedule and will be ready to welcome students when they arrive for the fall semester, which now begins Aug. 17, or two weeks earlier than originally scheduled, due to COVID-19 adjustments.

The new Trolley Stop diner and the new College Store, both on the first floor of the complex, are not expected to open until about Oct. 1. The existing store in Farinon College Center will remain in service until the new store opens.

In Markle Hall, renovations on the second floor in admissions spaces will be completed this summer, while the building remains largely empty. This is the last piece of a project funded by a 2013 bond issue that has involved several departmental relocations to provide additional space for Enrollment Management. The current work does not include a proposed Admissions entrance on the rear of Markle. That project, along with replacing the Markle Parking Deck and other capital projects, have been deferred as a cost-saving measure due to COVID-19.

Finally, fire-fighting water pumps at one dozen campus buildings will undergo annual flow testing beginning Wednesday, resulting in running water along several campus streets.

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