BY HANNAH CRITES
The Fort Steuben Maintenance Inc. began renovating an unused apartment in the Assisi Heights to be converted into an office facility.
Construction began on Nov. 15 and will continue until the end of January, according to the Assisi Heights Residence Director Kyle Murphy. The building being renovated is near the Christian outreach office on the west side of the Heights.
The new office facility will be for the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, an educational institute founded by Dr. Scott Hahn that encourages students and scholars to delve more deeply into their study of the Word of God.
At the moment, it is unclear what the St. Paul Center’s role on campus will be or who will be working in the office, but most of the Heights’ residents have high hopes for what the Center has in store for Franciscan University of Steubenville.
“I’m really excited to have the St. Paul Center on campus,” said resident Ashley Bennet, “I don’t know a lot about the St. Paul Center so it’ll be interesting seeing what they do.”
Construction has had very little impact on the students in the Assisi Heights, other than a few issues with noise levels, and residents are still able to drive and walk around the Heights easily.
“The only concerns I’ve heard are about the noise,” said Murphy. “The other concern is parking, because parking in the Heights is already a little strained,” he added.
Project coordinator Vincent Oliver could not be reached for comment by deadline.
Other offices in the Assisi Heights include the Christian Outreach Office, where Franciscan University summer conferences are planned, the Security Office, Residence Life office, FOCUS Office and Office of Evangelization, music rehearsal rooms and music classrooms, as well as the temporary gym being used until the Fieldhouse construction is finished.