University Recognized for Mulberry Street Improvement Project

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The University of Scranton’s Mulberry Street Improvement Project received Scranton’s Award for Growth and Excellence (SAGE) in the Pride & Progress: Landscape and Site Design category from the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce and MetroAction.

The ambitious, multi-million dollar beautification plan to improve the Mulberry Street corridor incorporates wider, bluestone walkways; concrete crosswalks; cobblestone-lined tree lawns; benches; vintage light fixtures; landscaping to screen parking lots; and intermittent, low limestone seating walls. The project, which extends from Jefferson Avenue to North Webster Avenue and is expected to cost in excess of $4 million, has been primarily funded by The University of Scranton. The mayor of Scranton, Scranton City Council and The University of Scranton first announced the project in 2007. It will be completed in the summer of 2012.

The University of Scranton has collaborated with Burkavage Design Associates of Clarks Summit and Ayers Saint Gross, a nationally respected architectural firm from Baltimore, Md., with experience in urban campus design, to develop the plan.

According to the chamber’s website, the SAGE Award for Pride & Progress: Landscape and Site Design recognizes organizations in public and private sectors that beautify the region with plazas, squares, pedestrian malls, fountains or sculptures. A panel of volunteers judge the applications received in 21 award categories. The award was presented at a black-tie gala on Nov. 11 at the Mellow Theater in Lackawanna College.

The University of Scranton’s Mulberry Street apartment and fitness complex was also a finalist for an award in the new construction category.

The SAGE awards are administrated by the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce and MetroAction.