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VUU unveils 10-year, $500M campus master plan

February 26, 2024

VUU unveils new master plan

As it enters its 159th year, Virginia Union University is plotting its future with a new master plan that calls for half a billion dollars’ worth of investment in and around its campus in Richmond’s Northside.

VUU’s Board of Trustees recently endorsed the advancement of the 10-year plan that envisions a new chapter for Richmond’s resident HBCU as a cultural anchor and economic driver for that area and the greater Richmond community.

While largely conceptual and subject to refinement, the campus master plan provides a picture of planned improvements through 2032, starting with new student housing buildings to create a “residential village” on campus, and new facilities to follow that include an athletics and wellness center, a performing arts center and a sports arena.

VUU President Hakim Lucas said the plan represents $500 million in new development and investment that he expects will capitalize on development interest in the area and present opportunities for public-private collaborations with developers, investors and city government.

“When we look at everything that’s happening in Richmond, particularly the crescendo-ing of the Scott’s Addition developments … the question becomes not just about where will people work and live in Richmond, but how do you also live, learn and begin to love Richmond and what will it be known for,” Lucas said.

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