The Daily Northwestern reports that Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro is fundraising for a new visitors center for prospective students to be located on the lakefront on land that’s now part of the south campus parking structure.

The center, estimated to cost about $10 million, would be build in conjunction with the new $90 million Bienen School of Music.

The new location would let campus tours start on the lakefront, rather than inside the Norris University Center which one student guide described as “not very appealing.” 

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  1. Parking, please

    I hope City of Evanston planning and zoning will require Northwestern to make up for the parking that will be lost when it builds the new visitors center. The university already has insufficient parking for its population of students, staff and visitors. The parking at Ryan Field does not compensate for parking lost on South Campus.

    1. Parking, thank you

      NU’s plan is to replace the current parking structure with a new one. More detail in the Daily’s story.

      — Bill

  2. Insufficient parking?

    On what do you base the claim that there is insufficient parking on campus?  Recently there were hundreds of new spaces added.  Drive through the lots at peak times (10 am-2 pm) and you will find spaces in virtually all lots.  Some people choose not to park on campus, but that’s because they don’;t want to pay for a permit, not because they don’t have space for the cars.

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