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New Building Planned For Maryville University Campus

Town and Country's Maryville University wants to demolish and old dormitory and build a three-story building in its place to house the School of Health Professions.

Monday night, Town and Country aldermen heard plans for a new building on the Maryville University Campus. 

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The school wants to build a three-story, 87,500 square foot building to be used to house the School of Health Professions. A final site development plan was presented by engineers and reviewed by aldermen Monday night.

The new building would replace the Duchesne Residence Hall that is set to be demolished. A parking lot will also be built as part of the site plan. 

George Stock with Stock and Associates Consulting Engineers told aldermen that the Duchesne dormitory is a two story, approximately 80,000 square foot building.

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Stock said the new building will replace Duchesne and the plan entails about 15 acres.

"There's not any negative impact relative to the campus' greenspace," Stock said.

Mike Convy, a spokesperson for Maryville University tells Patch the school is still accepting bids on the project so it is not releasing the cost of the project. He said the plan is to begin construction in spring 2013, with demolition of Duchesne taking four to five weeks, then construction of the new building is estimated to be complete in about 20 months around January 2015.

The site plan has been and approved by Town and Country's architectural review board and the planning and zoning commission.

"I think it's a really interesting building," said Alderman Phil Behnen, who sits on the architectural review board. "You're not going to be able to see that building from Conway Road."

"It removes a building that's not being used. It's significantly outdated," said Alderman Fred Meyland- Smith who sits on the city's planning and zoning commission.

Meyland-Smith said the proposed buidling adds an asthetic aspect to the campus and benefits the the traffic flow of the campus. He added that it will be in the same location as the Duchesne Residence Hall, but will have a "smaller footprint."

Monday was the first reading of this bill. A vote could come at the Nov. 26 board of aldermen meeting.

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