Gwynedd Mercy University doubling in size as it buys land next-door

Jim Melwert
December 07, 2018 - 4:00 am

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Gwynedd Mercy University’s campus in Montgomery County is doubling in size as it’s buying a chunk of land right next-door on Sumneytown Pike.

University president Deanne D’Emilio calls it a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, “for us to acquire a 154-acre property that is adjacent to our campus.”

The land was previously owned by Merck, and increases Gwynedd Mercy’s University’s campus from 160 to 314 acres. It comes with a building that is 157,000 square feet, which is important, D’Emilio says, as some of their programs were bursting at the seams. 

“Also, as we think about adding new and different programs for our students and offerings to our students, it allows us to really plan far into the future for that,” she said. 

She says they found out the property was going to be available as they were in discussions about how they could expand. It was perfect timing, she says, since it’s right next to their campus.

This also comes as the school is celebrating 70 years since it was founded by the Sisters of Mercy.

“The sisters, when they came here, they bought this property and they kind of just seized on that moment, and I just kind of feel like this is one of those moments for us as well,” she added.