Cheney University Land Development Program Study

Cheney, PA


Radnor Property Group and Realen Properties, as consultants to the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education


BLT Architects
Planning and architecture

Michael Ytterberg
Principal in Charge, Design Principal


Size: 224 acres
Cost: NA
Completion: 2008

Cheyney University is America’s oldest historically African American institution of higher education. Recent years have seen declining enrollment, and as the university looks for the funds to turn itself around, attention has focused on the one thing of which the university has plenty: undeveloped land in an affluent community. This master plan for a town center development breaks the isolation of the university and establishes a direct connection with the local road system, creating a public square at the meeting point between town and gown. The plan includes 270 apartments, office, two restaurants, retail, 1,000 beds of student housing and parking for 1,675 cars in the first phase. Reinforcing the university’s brand, the image of the new development builds on the picturesque historic buildings on the school’s original quad.