Verizon Call Center Purchased By Gannon University

Posted: April 6, 2016

Gannon University has announced the acquisition of the former Verizon Call Center at 131 W. Ninth St. in Erie. The multi-story building will be used as the interim library during the large-scale renovation of the Nash Library that is set to begin this summer.

Verizon closed its directory assistance call center at the end of 2014, and it has remained nearly empty up to this year. With many thousands of square feet of floor space and a location adjacent to Gannon's Robert H. Morosky Academic Center, the building was an ideal choice for the interim library location.

Linda Wagner, Gannon University vice president of finance and administration, said the former Verizon building needs only minor work such as lighting, heating and cooling to house the interim library. She said that a very favorable investment price and the building's features made the purchase more attractive.

"It is already equipped for study carrels, is wired for computers and has ample study space," Wagner said. "You couldn't have asked for a better space."

The Nash Library project will create new entrances on West Sixth and West Seventh streets, 29 new study rooms and will incorporate a green roof, a computer lab and the STEM and Writing Center. Completion of the project is expected in about two years.