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West End Neighborhood E-Newsletter [Vanderbilt University]

August 2018

Dear Vanderbilt community & friends:

It’s that time of year again when campus becomes abuzz with the energy of our returning students and the start of classes.

Last month Vanderbilt leadership showcased the West End neighborhood to industry leaders from the Society for College and University Planning. The work highlighted the university’s commitment to accessibility, sustainability and other FutureVU principles, many of which are taking shape as work progresses along West End Avenue.

A significant part of this progress is linked to the ongoing mobility and transportation efforts to better serve the campus community. As you will see in our updates listed throughout this newsletter, ensuring we stay steadfast in our commitment to an inclusive campus is essential.

We wish our students, faculty and staff a successful academic year!

For more information, please visit the West End Neighborhood webpage.


The West End Neighborhood Team

Design Updates

The design team continues to collaborate with students and community members to enhance designs throughout the neighborhood.

Traveling from Alumni Lawn to West End neighborhood currently includes many obstacles to pedestrians and a limited number of accessible paths. Updating the neighborhood design to address these issues is key to ensuring the university is enhancing accessibility as part of the FutureVU vision and in accordance with the recommendations from the Advisory Accessibility Task Force. Diversity, inclusion and accessibility are a priority in campus planning.

The proposed paths outlined below display routes that will be accessible in the future.

Click the image to view a larger map.

Mobility & Transportation

Mobility Updates

The university continues to develop a comprehensive mobility and transportation strategy that will improve accessibility on campus and provide additional transportation options. It also continues to explore additional bikeshare options and providing our community with sustainable and vehicle-alternative transportation methods. Further updates will be shared at the start of the fall semester.

Parking Adjustments for 2018-19


  • Parking Services will offer a ½ year student “F” permit for those who would like to bring a car to campus during fall 2018 and leave it home spring semester 2019. Online parking registration is open to all eligible 2018-2019 Vanderbilt University students. Prior to permit registration, please consider the necessity of bringing your car to campus. The university understands there are circumstances where students need to have access to transportation (i.e. internships, student teaching), and is committed to ensuring students can get to these important activities.
  • To aid students during this time, Parking Services will continue to make five floors of the 25th Avenue Garage available to F permit holders. A Vandy Vans stop was installed at this location and will continue to support increased student traffic in the area.
  • Parking in the West End neighborhood area will be reduced further after final exams in December 2018 as construction continues. Sections of roads may be closed for periods of time as utility efforts continue that will impact parking availability.
  • The alleys and parking lots behind all fraternity and sorority houses will be closed permanently at the end of the fall semester as the area transforms to become more pedestrian and bike friendly.
  • If you have questions regarding the upcoming parking changes, please contact VUPS Parking Services at (615) 322-2554.


July 2018

  • Blasting and line drilling were completed and will not resume in the fall semester.
  • RC-A foundation work began.
  • Construction began on house site 1, involving the demolition of Lambda Chi Alpha (most recently used by Delta Tau Delta) and the building of two new houses on the site. The houses (NPHC and Zeta Tau Alpha) will be complete in August 2019.

August 2018

  • With commitment to timely completion of the project in mind, construction work will begin at 7 a.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. on weekends. These times may be reevaluated during different phases of the project. Baseline noise and vibration levels will be measured to ensure morning activity has minimum impact to surrounding areas.
  • When students return to campus, workers will have started pouring concrete slabs for RC-A and building will begin to come out of ground. Concrete pours will happen twice a week before 5 a.m. and could produce vehicle noise. Exact dates and times will be dependent on weather.
  • Utility work complete. All construction moving forward will be focused within the construction fence.
  • Vanderbilt Place work complete prior to students returning for fall semester.
  • Backyard work at Alpha Tau Omega, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Sigma Nu and Pi Beta Phi will be complete.

December 2018

  • After final exams, Greek parking lots closed for construction. No further parking in Greek lots.
  • Phase one beautification efforts in West End Neighborhood (alleyways) begin.
  • Construction begins on house sites 2 and 3. Involves the demolition of the Kappa Sigma house and the building of two new houses on that site. Involves the demotion of the 208 24thAvenue house and the building of two new houses on that site.  Houses will be complete in December of 2019 and include community event space, Lambda Chi Alpha, Delta Kappa Epsilon and Kappa Sigma.

Online Resources




RC-A Site as of August 2018

Backyard work as of August 2018

Pi Beta Phi:

Sigma Nu:

Alpha Tau Omega:

Kappa Kappa Gamma:

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