Virginia Union University has big plans in its future that will benefit the university and also help revitalize north Richmond.
Virginia Union University plans to construct its first new building in 15 years.
"We feel we're also part of the community, part of Richmond," said Vice-President of Finance Gregory Lewis.
Virginia Union University, founded in 1865, is now home to 1,700 students who have great pride for their institution. That pride is now growing, literally.
"The entire history of this campus is rooted in Richmond," Lewis added.
The campus just announced a brand new 78,000 square foot conference center and residence halls set for construction in December. It's the first time Virginia Union has had new student dorms in 40 years.
"I think we can definitely need the new building. We have new students coming in. The students are multiplying," said student Tyleeba Thomas.
It will replace the current basketball court on campus, creating a new resource not just for the campus, but also for community use for special events all while helping revitalize the community.
"It will be state of the art. It will be the largest in the northern part of Richmond to house meetings and have groups come in," Lewis said. "This is a very exciting time in the history of VUU."
The $15 million project is made possible through donations and a loan through the Department of Education. Former student Robert Brown also pledged $2 million. The university will name the building in Brown's honor. The school has officially broken ground on the land. It hopes to have the new facility open for business by January 2014.
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