On Monday, November 28, John Paul the Great Catholic University opened its new Student Life Center with Escondido Mayor Sam Abed, city council members Ed Gallo and John Masson and Craig Carter, Chief of the Escondido Police Department in attendance.
Thenew Student Life Center is located at 200 W. Grand Ave., Escondido 92025 and was blessed by Father Andy, a Chaplain of John Paul the Great University.
The landmark brick building at the corner of Grand and the new Maple Plazawas the old HomeFed Bank branch. The university purchased the property last year for $1.1 million. The newly renovated 5,600 sq. ft. building, which JP Catholic President Dr. Derry Connolly calls “the campus living room,” will provide a space for students to gather and study, and will also house the offices of various student services on the second floor.
This building is the latest in a series of college renovation projects revitalizing Escondido’s downtown economy.
John LaCrosse, the admissions representative of the college, saidthe university has acquired the former furniture store behind the current university on Grand Avenue and will convert it to classrooms and sound stages for their classes in film, communications, business, humanities and theology. Future plans include converting the old Center City High School into a chapel where students will attend daily Mass.
Monday’s dedication represents the continued growth of John Paul the Great Catholic University in downtown Escondido. Students, faculty, staff and community members participated in the welcoming ceremony and blessing and toured the newly renovated building.