"We are grateful for the support of The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County," said Daniel Martin, president of MVNU. "We are excited about being a part of yet another great enhancement of the historic downtown district with the completion of Buchwald Center Plaza later this year."
Buchwald Center Plaza will be a park-like gathering space with plenty of greenery, several outdoor benches and tables, a small covered stage for outdoor performances, and some additional parking. The lot is adjacent to MVNU's Buchwald Center and Hunter Hall and was originally the site of the S.S. Kresge building, which was destroyed by fire in 2010. Some construction has already begun, and the plaza is scheduled to be open in time for Mount Vernon's September First Friday events, which are sponsored corporately by MVNU, Kenyon College, and Central Ohio Technical College.
For more than six decades, The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County has provided philanthropic support for wide variety of community development projects, including a number of other MVNU projects over the years, and is an active partner in improving the quality of life for Mount Vernon residents. Buchwald Center Plaza is named in honor of recognition of Jim and Maureen Buchwald, parents of Karen Wright, CEO of Ariel, and longtime supporters of MVNU and the Mount Vernon and Knox County communities.
--Mount Vernon Nazarene University