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restoration by the Lepley, Engleman

& Yaw law firm with anchoring the

distressed area. But the retired professor

and his wife, Deb, also took on restoration

projects of their own at four historic

buildings in this neighborhood: their

magnificent home on the corner of Third

and Academy Streets, and three others

which house apartments.

For artisan woodworker Jonathan

Kohr ’97, one of Bogle’s former students,

the neighborhood’s new identity became

the namesake for his new business, Old

City Restoration. Kohr himself saved

the last "Dutch roof" building in the city

from the wrecking ball, re-carving the

rotted corbels in the eaves, rebuilding the

original windows and designing custom

knives to shape and match the antique

millwork inside and out.

Others were paying attention too,

including one Seattle-based harbinger

of successful redevelopment: Albarano

was able to attract Starbucks Coffee (and,

later, Panera Bread) to his Basin Street

lots. Meanwhile, Marywood University’s

school of architecture used the tabula rasa

of vacant lots at Old City’s epicenter as a

laboratory for an adaptive-reuse studio

design seminar, spawning a dozen creative

and viable ideas of what could be.

During that same time period, the

College underwent a campus-wide

strategic planning process, with sizable

focus on a commitment to “deepen its role

as a citizen of the City.” The document

settled on a lynchpin strategy to “soften

the campus borders” using the following


Prioritize community engagement

when creating spaces and facilities.

Engage in the Old City planning

process to redefine the College’s

southern border as a destination for

the local and college communities alike.

Invest in city spaces that advance the

educational and strategic interests of

the College, especially south of campus.

Consider relocating the art gallery or

campus store to a more accessible

location, and examine partnerships

with businesses and Penn College.

Re-imagine the location of athletic

venues, health and wellness facilities,

and student housing adjacent to other

off-campus destinations.