If you've driven by DeSales in the last week, you couldn't help but notice an unmistakable sign of new activity in "The Time Is Now" strategic initiative.
A week ago, temporary fencing was erected around the school building that effectively closed the front lawn and parking lot for the rest of the summer. Crews are set to begin construction on a new roadway this month that will connect the front and back of school via a new side parking lot that will be located where the monastery once stood. A new sidewalk extending along Kenwood Drive and down Laughlin Avenue is also in the works.
The monastery, along with five houses adjacent to the school on Laughlin, have been razed over the last nine months to make way for multiple projects outlined in The Time Is Now initiative. Along with the road project this summer, the school will install a new grass practice field along Laughlin before later breaking ground on a new multi-purpose athletic stadium. The facility will include home fields for baseball, football, soccer and later, lacrosse.
Two other major projects already completed within the initiative have included the renovation of the biology lab and a complete redesign and overhaul of the football locker room.
"We're very excited about this next phase and have been looking forward to starting our external capital projects for some time now," said school president Doug Strothman. "You'll continue to see other developments unfold this fall and winter as we get the green light to start them. It's especially rewarding for our families and alumni that aren't regularly in the building to see that progress is happening."
Summer visitors to the building are directed to use the side entrance off Laughlin. Parking is available along the street as well as in the back lot.