Lynn plans for the future with new entrances
Published Jan. 24, 2012
Lynn University officials have started work on a key element of the school's approved master plan, new front and back entrances. The renovation and upgrade of the university’s main entrance on Military Trail will include a traffic light and five lanes for better traffic flow.
The school plans to complete both entrances before it hosts the final 2012 presidential debate on Oct. 22.
To accommodate this expansion, three oak trees were relocated on campus over winter break, and 15 trees (pine, live oak and black olive) were removed. In accordance with standards set by the City of Boca Raton, 62 new mature trees are being planted to replace every inch of tree trunk removed. The new trees include 42 pine trees ranging from 12’ to 16’ in height, 13 live oak trees 18’ in height, and seven bald cypress trees ranging from 8’ to 12’ height.
Not only will these trees add to the beauty of Lynn’s campus, but they will also provide shade along many of our walkways and homes to many of the birds and wildlife that call the university home.
Robert Sheetz of Boca Raton, Fla., pledged $1 million to make Lynn’s new front entrance a reality.
“This will be the first impression that potential students and their families have of our campus,” says President Kevin M. Ross.
The back entrance
The new entrance to the university on Potomac Road will also include a new back perimeter road that will involve the relocation of the existing nature preserve to the western edge of campus. Relocation of the preserve and a new entrance, roadway and guard shack are required before continuing construction for the campus’ master plan development.
Longtime friend of Lynn, Benjamin Olewine III of Harrisburg, Pa., and Boca Raton, Fla., has pledged $1 million to create this new entrance. The newly-named Benjamin Olewine III Preserve, home to Florida scrub – the oldest plant community in Florida – will provide a living laboratory for the study of this ecosystem (considered an imperiled plant community by the Florida Natural Areas Inventory) including seven animal species and 40 plants listed as rare, threatened or endangered.