University budgets relocation for UPD, Visitor’s Center

Two staples of the Foggy Bottom campus may receive new homes this year, according to the University’s capital budget.

The University plans to spend $3.4 million to conduct renovations that include relocating both the University Police Department and the Visitor’s Center, though their destinations are not finalized, Alicia O’Neil, senior associate vice president for operations, said in an e-mail.

According to the budget, which was released to The Hatchet last week, UPD – currently located on the corner of 21 and G streets – may be moved to the Academic Center.

“The University is assessing the relocation of UPD from the Woodhull Building to another location on campus,” O’Neil said. “We are currently in the early stages of planning and evaluating potential locations and, to that end, a final determination has not been made as to the future location for their operations.”

UPD Chief Dolores Stafford said in an e-mail that UPD is unable to comment on the move until a new location for the department has been confirmed.

Talk of moving the Visitor’s Center to Rice Hall, where a majority of the University’s top administrators work, is also listed in the budget.

The vacated Visitor’s Center would be converted to academic space, the budget states.

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