Lehigh University has just dedicated its brand new baseball field, and has also been granted the variances it required in order to build extra dorms. These changes could help develop the baseball stars of the future, and players could well become as famous as those who once graced baseball cards.
A New Baseball Field Gets Dedicated
Lehigh University is in the midst of celebrating a new home for its baseball team. The school has unveiled what is to be known as the J. David Walker Field, located at Legacy Park, with a ceremony to mark the dedication on Saturday. The moniker honours the alumni whose funding helped to get the field built. Punters who enjoy online betting in Australia will no doubt be eager to see how the school team fares on its new field!
Lehigh is a Patriot League Contender
Sean Leary, head baseball coach at Lehigh University, stated that the upgrades that have been undertaken prove once again that the school is looking to turn it around in the Patriot League. He went on to add that it was hard to know what one was missing until it could be experienced, and that had truly been the case here.
He described the positive effect the improved field had had on recruits, and explained that it showed newcomers how seriously the university took baseball. He ended by saying that the facilities were first-rate, and that they are already making a difference.
A 400-Bed Dormitory to Be Built
The required variances that Lehigh University required in order to build a dormitory of 400 beds at Packer and Brodhead avenues in South Bethlehem has been granted.
The university still needs to submit a comprehensive land development plan for approval from the City Planning Commission before building begins, but once this has been done the plan to increase undergraduate enrollment by 1 000 students over the next seven years can be launched.
A Split Vote Approval Granted
In a split vote, the City Zoning Hearing Board ratified dimensional variances for the proposed dormitory. It will allow for the exterior walls of the building to be closer to Birkel, Brodhead, and Packer avenues than the zoning laws for the city would usually allow.
Linda Shay Gardner, a member of the Board, queried whether the variance was legitimately required, and she cast the only dissenting vote in the decision of 3 for to 1 against. The attorney representing the university, James Preston, contended that the variances are less than what is on the site currently, and markedly similar to the neighbourhood’s other buildings.
The lot is 2.7 acres, and is located across Brodhead from the Broughal Middle school, across Birkel avenue from a line of homes, most of which, according to Preston, are currently being used to house students, and across Packer avenue from Lehigh University’s Harold S. Mohler Laboratory.
The majority of the lot, taking up nearly an entire block, is currently being used as a permit parking area owned by the university. There are further three buildings on the lot, which the university owns, which are going to be razed to the ground.