Christendom expansion plans get board’s OK

The Warren Sentinel

FRONT ROYAL — Christendom College is in the midst of an expansion that includes plans to construct a new chapel and additional parking.

The Board of Supervisors approved the modification of Christendomís conditional-use permit to include 10 new parcels of land at a public hearing last week. The school was originally issued a conditional use permit in 1994 for a private school, according to Warren County Planning Director Taryn Logan.

"It sounds like a lot of properties we're adding, but it's properties we've owned for a long time," Christendom VP for Operations and Planning Michael Foeckler said.

The modifications bring the schoolís total land parcels to 17, Warren County Planner Matt Wendling said.

The chapel is set to be constructed on 79 acres the school recently purchased, Foeckler said in a letter to Planning Director Taryn Logan. The new properties include locations on the east and west sides of Shenandoah Shores Road.

Christendom will need to obtain zoning approval before proceeding with any new construction and projects.

"The newest land purchase ... will now enable the college the land area to construct its new chapel along with much needing parking, without crimping the existing college facilities," Foeckler said.

Christendom supplied the planning department with a master plan that maps out development through 2050. In addition to a new chapel and parking area, the plan includes construction of administration buildings, a conference center, a bookstore, a coffee store, a baseball field and a performance arts center.

Since Christendom's original conditional-use permit was approved in 1994, it has been modified in 1996, 2013 and, most recently, last week.

In 2013, the collegeís conditional-use permit was modified to incorporate several neighboring lots that were purchased to construct two soccer fields, Foeckler said in the letter to Logan.

Robert Rice, whose home is surrounded by Christendom property on three sides spoke during the public hearing in support of the expansion.

"It's a great institution, and I'm glad that it's there," Rice said.

Christendom was founded by Warren H. Carrol in Triangle and acquired its new campus location in Front Royal in 1979. It is now a four-year coeducation Roman Catholic Liberal Arts college.

The 469 undergraduate students who attended in the 2015-16 school year were from over 45 states and five foreign countries.

The school is located at 134 Christendom Drive off Shenandoah Shores Road.

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