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Ditzler holds town hall meeting on building

February 25, 2011

“I feel that there is a sense of urgency,” President Mauri Ditzler told Monmouth faculty and local residents during his town hall address Wednesday, which was focused around the new science and business building set to be built on the corner of 11th St. and Archer Ave., near Broadway St. The building, which will cost $38 million to build, was approved by the trustees earlier this month. According to Ditzler, all of cost have been either donated, pledged or promised already.

However, promises, unlike pledges, are not a sure thing. While pledges involve a signed written agreement guaranteeing the money pledged, promises do not fall under any legal agreement.  Dizler assured everyone that “if everyone comes through, and we think they will, than everything is pledged and promised.” Dizler later reemphasized his assurance that donors will pull through.

“In the past a very small percentage of promises don’t pay out,” he said. “It will take two years to build, and during that time we will continue to raise money. We may raise more than we need.”

Ditzler said this is because alumni often donate for building projects in general, rather than for a specific cause.

He told the faculty that construction on the building needs to happen sooner, rather than later.

“We need to improve the perceived value of the institution,” Ditzler urged, “as quickly as possible.”

The president cited several reasons after the address for wanting to expedite construction. Because of the economy, construction workers are more available for hire, which makes labor more affordable. Also, students and parents expect much more for their money now in a recession than if the economy was in a better condition.

Before the project can be started, the college must square away any details with the City of Monmouth in regards to zoning and permit issues and work out details with contractors.

Ditzler also addressed the issue of parking. The building itself will eliminate a substantial amount of parking space and construction in general would block off more.

“Things will be tight,” Ditzler said, “but we plan to clear out buildings by 11th street and make a parking lot. It will actually be closer than Euclid.”

He also plans to encourage employees to park by the new maintenance building where a shuttle would bring them to the college.

“I drive my car the two blocks to work,” Ditzler said with a laugh, “but I’ll probably leave my car at home.”

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