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The Harbour Centre building was acquired by HU in August. The 13-story high-rise building with brick and glass veneer has beautiful water views. Harbour Center has an attached parking garage and is located across from the Crowne Plaze Hotel, formerly the Radisson Hotel. The building was acquired through a combination of the university paying cash and a gift from Armada Hoffler con- struction company. HU Vice President for Building Affairs and Treasurer Doretha Spells said the

University brought the building because it “is currently valued at $24 million and has a replacement value of $50 million.”

HU will continue with the existing leases in the building. Future plans are be- ing considered for the building to house the purposed College of Health Sciences that would possibly include the pharmacy, physical therapy, nursing and commu- nicative sciences and disorders programs. The purchase of the building and many other initiatives emphasizes the huge impact HU is having on the City of Hampton and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

"Hampton University’s economic impact is


“Hampton University’s economic impact is tremendous—salaries, wages, visi- tors to students, faculty and staff, athletic contests, and other events which occur on campus along with the new $225 million proton cancer center; the purchase of the tallest building in Hampton all provide a major economic driver for the city and the region,” said HU President William R. Harvey. “When one adds the intellectual, cultural, and technological impact, it shows how important Hamp- ton University is when included into any kind of revitalization.”

Harvey leads downtown development group

Because of the University’s impact and his vision, Harvey has been tapped by Hampton Mayor Molly Ward to chair a downtown Hampton revitaliza- tion group made up of business and education professionals, civil servants and ordinary citizens. “The Hampton University commu- nity is an integral part of the City of Hampton, the Peninsula, and Hamp- ton Roads,” Harvey said. “Therefore, Mayor Molly Ward and the City Council’s vision for including the University community is an outstand- ing one.”

28 Hampton University Alumni Magazine 28 | Alumni Magazine of Hampton University Harvey plans to involve the many

different groups working together to make Hampton a true destination city. “I see other cities that have really

prospered because the various enti- ties have worked together. If you talk about Silicon Valley, you talk about Salt Lake City. You talk about Austin, Texas,” Harvey told the Daily Press. “You talk about Research Triangle (North Carolina)." In those areas, "you see a business class, a professional class, a political class, an educational class working together for the good."

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