Monday, April 25, 2011

Winchester Star's view on Millwood Closure

Our View: 'Win-win' . . .
April 23, 2011
Or more like 'Advantage, SU'?

What's good for Shenandoah University will ultimately be good for Winchester. That's essentially the message put forth by James T. Vickers, chairman of the university's Board of Trustees, pertinent to the potential closure of the stretch of Millwood Avenue between the Interstate 81 interchange and Apple Blossom Drive.

The issue of whether or not to close this 1,000-yard ribbon of roadway, long hanging fire, will attain an initial measure of resolution next week when the local Metropolitan Planning Organization offers its recommendation on this proposal. If the MPO gives it a thumbs-up, as anticipated, the plan will be forwarded to City Council for ultimate approval or rejection.

Earlier this week, Mr. Vickers shed considerable light on SU's plans should City Council decide the closure resides in Winchester's best interests. The school envisions a brick wall around its southern boundary - a $1 million project, complete with a grand entry to the campus at University Drive - as part of a tree-lined, brick-walled approach to Winchester. Ancillary to this initiative would be an interior road system within the university, prompted by the projected closure of current entrances and exits to the Harry F. Byrd Jr. School of Business and the former National Guard armory.
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