|June 15, 2000||A Laboratory Newspaper at Cleveland State University||Voume 2 Issue 2|
By Nathan Sheeran
The Trinity Cathedral, located on Euclid Avenue across from Cleveland State University’s Main Classroom Building, is planning an extensive construction and renovation project. A ceremonial groundbreaking will be held on June 18 and real construction will begin sometime in late fall, according to cathedral business administrator Tina Monreal.
The plans include the construction of a new plaza commons, an extensive renovation of the existing church building and parish house, and renovation of street-front property on Euclid east of the cathedral.
“We are looking forward to being more of a part of the community, as
well as being a part of College Town,” said Monreal.
The street-front property next to the cathedral itself is what Monreal considers most relevant to CSU and its students. On that property, Trinity plans to build a coffee shop with a patio, a bookstore and a campus ministry.
“We feel that we can be a catalyst for College Town,” said Monreal, adding that she believes the coffee shop, bookstore and the patio area will be very popular with CSU students, and will increase Trinity’s level of involvement with CSU.
The renovation and construction will also bring more community involvement into Trinity, according to Monreal. The new plaza will include community-meeting rooms, while the renovated church building will contain classrooms for community education seminars.
Monreal said that the one of the major problems the cathedral planners face is increased need for parking spaces. The current Trinity lot is adjacent to the CSU D lot on Prospect Avenue near 22nd Street and an independently owned Ampco parking facility closer to 22nd. The new plaza building will cut into the present Trinity parking lot. Monreal is hoping to be able to work with CSU to work out any possible parking problems.
Monreal, who has work-ed at Trinity for 26 years, said she believes that this project is needed for Trinity to keep up with the construction plans of CSU and College Town, and is also necessary for it to stay involved with the area.
“We hope to make a facility that is more community and neighborhood oriented,” said Monreal.
The ceremonial groundbreaking on June 18 will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will be attended by CSU President Claire Van Ummersen, members of the Cleveland City Council and representatives of the Quadrangle association.
After the groundbreaking, Trinity will introduce its new dean or head
priest, Tracey Lind. Lind is the first female dean of Trinity and the 11th
in the Cathedral’s history.
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