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More construction is under way in the University Village, bringing exciting new offerings to the Old Dominion and Norfolk communities.

Fencing and construction cones surround the southwest corner of 45th Street and Monarch Way, as crews prepare the pile-driving phase for a $7 million, three-and-a-half story bookstore.

The first and second floors of the 42,000-square-foot building will be dedicated to the bookstore, which will offer approximately 20,000 titles - from bestsellers to children's books. ODU accessories, general merchandise and trade books will be located on the first level and academic books on the second. The first floor will also feature a café with an outdoor seating area. The development office will occupy the upper floors.

Designed by Tymoff+Moss Architects, the brick and precast building will echo design elements of other exteriors in the University Village and will include a two-story glass atrium at the entrance and an escalator between the first and second floors. There will be comfortable seating and lounge areas, as well. Expected to open in December 2007, the bookstore will be managed by Follett Higher Education Group and will replace the current bookstore in Webb Center.

One block west on 45th Street, construction began in October on a Marriott Springhill Suites hotel. Fronting Hampton Boulevard, the five-story, hotel will feature 114 rooms, conference facilities, several apartment-type suites designed for visiting professors and researchers, and a small café.

The hotel is being developed by BBL Development Group and will be managed by Ocean Hospitalities. It is expected to open next fall.

Hoy Construction has been awarded the contract to build out the first floor on the adjacent east side of the new north parking garage to accommodate the University Gallery. This facility will also house the Gordon Contemporary Folk Art Collection in museum-quality space. The project will be completed in early spring 2007.

This article was posted on: November 17, 2006

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