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New street into Lancer Park named for President Cormier

June 17, 2010

Barry Case (left) of the Longwood Real Estate Foundation Board; Ken Copeland, executive director of the Longwood Real Estate Foundation; and President Patricia Cormier with a sign designating Barry Case (left) of the Longwood Real Estate Foundation Board; Ken Copeland, executive director of the Longwood Real Estate Foundation; and President Patricia Cormier with a sign designating "Cormier Drive."

The new street into Lancer Park, Longwood University's first off-campus apartment community, has been named for President Patricia Cormier.

The street that, when complete, will extend from West Third Street (U.S. Route 460) into Lancer Park was named Cormier Drive by the Longwood University Real Estate Foundation Board at its May 17 meeting and approved by Farmville Town Council on June 9. Cormier Drive will begin at the intersection of U.S. 460 Business and the new vehicular entry into Lancer Park, which crosses over the High Bridge Trail State Park. On the Lancer Park side of the trail, Cormier Drive will link to the existing street that leads into the recently constructed campus recreation area, which includes both a softball field and an artificial surface, multi-purpose athletic field.

The name Cormier Drive was first suggested by Farmville Town Manager Gerry Spates to Ken Copeland, executive director of the Longwood Real Estate Foundation, when the two met May 11 to discuss closing off the current entrance to Lancer Park once the new entrance is open. Six days later the Longwood Real Estate Foundation board approved the name, pending approval by Farmville Town Council. Dr. Cormier is retiring June 30 after 14 years as Longwood's president.

The new entrance to Lancer Park, the vehicular bridge, and a nearby pedestrian bridge spanning Third Street will open in mid-to-late August before students return for the fall semester. Lancer Park, home to 258 students and originally called Stanley Park, is six-tenths of a mile from campus on the other (north) side of Third Street.

Longwood's decision to build a new entrance was prompted by a desire to create a commute between campus and Lancer Park that is safer, more direct, and more aesthetically appealing. The current entrance is atop a steep hill on Grace Street, reached only from Appomattox Street (between the Farmville Train Station and Buffalo Shook), which leads to Grace Street.

The vehicular bridge crosses over a former Norfolk Southern Railway bed, now part of the High Bridge Trail State Park, on the other side of Third Street. On the Longwood side of Third Street, the pedestrian bridge empties onto Grove Street near Buffalo Street. The bridges will be connected by a 10-foot-wide walkway on the other side of Third Street.

Work on the Bridges at Lancer Park project began in spring 2009 and is being done by English Construction Co. Inc. of Lynchburg. Most of the $3.5 million project is being financed through savings from the low interest rate on a bond consolidation of all three Longwood-managed apartment communities that the Longwood Real Estate Foundation negotiated in 2007.

Lancer Park, built in three sections between 1999 and 2003, includes 30 four-bedroom townhouses, two buildings with 12 two-bedroom apartments, and two buildings with four-bedroom apartments apiece. The Longwood Real Estate Foundation bought the complex in August 2005, and it has been managed by Longwood, through the Office of Residential and Commuter Life, since fall 2006.