New $40 million student center at YSU in the works
Youngstown State University is advancing toward a new $40 million student center where Kilcawley Center stands for now.
After a $5 million donation from the Phantom Fireworks owner, Bruce Zoldan and his family, the center's new name will be 'The Zoldan Family Center.'
Along with a new name, Joy Polkabla Byers, Associate Vice President of Student Experience at YSU, says the center will have additional benefits for student and people in the valley.
"Students need a place to belong, they needed a place that they can come to in between classes that met their needs, and that's not always during 9-5 hours," Polkabla Byers said.
As the Andrews Student Recreation and Wellness Center and Kilcawley House dormitory neighboring the multiple use facility remain in place, the new center will offer extended hours, high tech meeting spaces and greater dining services.
YSU plans to provide $20 million to the project, and officials hope local contributors will help fund the remaining half.
The start date for the building is undetermined, but officials say the facility will be closed for roughly two and a half years during construction.