MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon Nazarene University has received a grant in the amount of $50,000 from The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County, which will be used toward the completion of Buchwald Center Plaza, MVNU’s latest project in historic downtown Mount Vernon. The outdoor plaza, located at the southwest corner of South Main Street and Gambier Street, will enrich the downtown environment and provide additional gathering space and greenery to the community.
“We are grateful for the support of The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County,” said Dr. Daniel Martin, President of MVNU. “We are excited about being a part of yet another great enhancement of the historic downtown district with the completion of Buchwald Center Plaza later this year.”
Buchwald Center Plaza will be a park-like gathering space with plenty of greenery, several outdoor benches and tables, a small covered stage for outdoor performances, and some additional parking.
The lot is adjacent to MVNU’s Buchwald Center and Hunter Hall and was originally the site of the S.S. Kresge building, which was destroyed by fire in 2010. Some construction has already begun, and the plaza is scheduled to be open in time for Mount Vernon’s September First Friday events, which are sponsored corporately by MVNU, Kenyon College, and Central Ohio Technical College.