Construction on new retreat center nears completion

Hoyas will soon contemplate cloud formations and mountain peaks in Virginia. After years of delays and litigation, the Calcagnini Contemplative Center is finally expected to be open for use by the fall of 2013. Set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Clarke County, Virginia, the land for the center was purchased so that Georgetown would own […]

$17 million alum donation to fund retreat center

A $17 million donation made by Arthur Calcagnini (COL ’54) and Nancy Calcagnini will fund the construction of the University’s long-planned retreat and contemplative center in Bluemont, Virginia. The Calagninis previously donated $1.5 million towards the ESCAPE program, a nondenominational retreat offered to first-year and transfer students. When completed, the Calagnini Contemplative Center will host […]

Georgetown wins approval to build Contemplative Center

Last Tuesday, the Clarke County Board of Supervisors voted to allow the University to move forward with its plans to build a retreat center in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The settlement reached between the Board and the University comes with significant restrictions, however. As per the agreement, the Center will be restricted to seven acres […]

Georgetown appealing Clarke County’s rejection of proposed Contemplative Center

Last time we checked in on Georgetown’s proposed Contemplative Center, it had just gotten the kibosh from the Clarke County Board of Supervisors. Turns out the University’s not too happy about that decision—they’ve filed a civil complaint with the Clarke County Circuit Court alleging that the Board’s decision was “arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable” and asking […]

Clarke County nixes Georgetown’s proposed Contemplative Center

The sun sets on Georgetown’s Blue Ridge Mountain dreams… Remember the proposed “Contemplative Center” in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northern Virginia that was supposed to serve as a home to Campus Ministry programs like ESCAPE?  Well, Georgetown won’t be breaking ground any time soon, thanks to the Clarke County Board of Supervisors. Four years […]

Georgetown retreat center inches closer to completion

After wrangling for two years, the Georgetown retreat center is closer to becoming reality, barring some wild NIMBYs: The county Planning Commission reviewed Georgetown’s plans for the center Friday and set a Dec. 5 public hearing on the issue. “We’re pretty excited about getting to this point,” said H. Alan Brangman, university architect. “Obviously, the […]

Bureaucracies collide on Contemplative Center construction

Georgetown announced in 2006 that it was going to use a 56-acre property it had bought the year before in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northern Virginia to build a “Contemplative Center.” Two years later, the University hasn’t even filed for a construction permit. The center was supposed to house programs Campus Ministry programs like […]