Grotto, Basilica to undergo beautification projects during summer
Observer Staff Report | Wednesday, April 24, 2019
The paths and entryways to the Grotto and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart will undergo renovations this summer, the University announced in a press release Wednesday.
The project, which will begin May 20 following Commencement, will render the courtyard in front of the Grotto as well as the Basilica’s main entrance inaccessible for a portion of the summer. The project is scheduled to be completed before the fall semester.
Modifications include new stone and brick pavers to the areas in front of the Grotto and Basilica, respectively, as well as changes to existing staircases to make each site more handicap-accessible, the release said. The Grotto will also receive new memorial benches.
According to the release, a small turnaround driveway will be added southwest of the Basilica’s main entrance, replacing a temporary turnaround currently in the area.
Both the Grotto and Basilica will both be open throughout the summer. The Basilica’s entrance west of the main doors will be made wheelchair-accessible; however, the Grotto will not be wheelchair-accessible between June 24 and Aug. 2. The only entrance to the Grotto will be the staircase behind the sacristy.
Individuals who have difficulty walking should be cautious when accessing the areas, the release said.