LU Prepares for Major Million Dollar Makeover
Reporter: Lauren Compton l Videographer: Todd Densmore
Lynchburg, VA - Liberty University is about to undergo a huge makeover. The school has set aside $120 million to improve the look of the campus. It's a project school officials say is long overdue. There are still buildings on campus from the 1970s.
The hope is to make the campus more attractive to not only students but the whole city of Lynchburg. And, school officials the renovations will bring money to the city as well.
For years people have viewed the LU campus as more of an eyesore than a beauty, but school officials say that's about to change.
"I truly believe that anybody and everybody that lives here, has lived here or drives by is going to be very satisfied with the look," said Neal Askew, Senior V.P. of Operations at LU.
With a little inspiration from Thomas Jefferson, all of the new buildings on campus will be made of red brick, with long white columns. It will have look similar to the University of Virginia campus. Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. says it's a fitting tribute to a man who loved the Hill City.
"Since he thought Lynchburg was more beautiful than Charlottesville we got to make sure we prove him right," said Falwell, Jr.
The new look will come with some major additions. There will be more green spaces, brand new dorms, a practice gym, a new library and even an amphitheater. School officials say these improvements will give the city a major boost.
"During the next four to five years with all the construction going on it creates employment for a lot of people," said askew.
The only hang up with this plan it will take years to complete.
"It just bugs me that it takes so long. I just wish we could do it faster. I wish we could get it all done next month," said Falwell Jr.
School officials expect this project to take three to five years to complete. They expect these new buildings to bring more events to LU, and more money to the Hill City.