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Esplanade Extension Opens Franklin Hall to New Prominence

Posted Jul. 24, 2013

Franklin Hall and its surrounding Hilltop Drive neighbors are witnessing an astonishing physical transformation, thanks to the new Kent State University Esplanade extension. When completed in August, the Esplanade extension will link the western edge of campus with the newly revitalized Kent business district, bringing downtown into clear view from Franklin Hall’s yard. The Esplanade extension will provide students, residents and visitors a spacious, tree-lined path for walking, running and biking. Best of all, the extended University Esplanade will bring Franklin Hall a new kind of centrality on the University landscape: it will be one of the first buildings visitors and pedestrians see as they take the easy walk from downtown toward campus.

The Esplanade extension is due to open in August.

The University Esplanade extension will be featured in the fall 2013 JARGON, JMC’s alumni magazine, due in September. JARGON is also available online

Photo of Esplanade Extension by Dave LaBelle.