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News-in-brief: Plans for Communal Space at Crescents

The Crescent Townhouses on the St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) campus may be getting a communal space.

Maurice Schlesinger, facility planning and operations executive, presented a summary of proposals from the Office of Planning and Facilities to build a new area adjacent to the Crescents at a Student Government Association (SGA) meeting April 10.

The construction project is a part of the multi-million dollar plan to create new infrastructure on campus, which was initially headlined by the construction of the Jamie L. Roberts Stadium and Athletic Fields. Because the athletic stadium is set to move from its current place, in between the Michael P. O’Brien Athletics and Recreation Center and the Waring Commons (WC) residence hall, that space is free for new building plans, according to the Office of Planning and Facilities website.

Where the athletic stadium currently resides will become the site for a new academic building. The building will hold music department classrooms, practice facilities and faculty offices classrooms, labs, as well as faculty offices for the education department. Additionally, the proposal summary states that there will be a 700 seat auditorium, and a “contemporary study and collaborative learning space for students.”

According to Schlesinger’s presentation, at the curve of what is currently the track, near where the steeplechase pit resides, the proposal calls for the creation of a communal space. Ideas varied for how to occupy the space, from making a large mound of dirt creating a hill to lounge on, to a more sophisticated area with benches for students to do school work. Schlesinger pointed out that all of the plans mentioned included a direct walkway across from WC to the academic buildings across the field.

Student Alina Martin, ‘19, spoke before Schlesinger at SGA to discuss some ideas for how to use the space. Martin had created eco-friendly proposals as a part of art class. After the meeting, Veronique Nedeau, ‘20, sent out an all-student email to create a committee for student input on the project.

Interested students in joining said committee should contact Nedeau via email.

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