The Lancaster City Planning Commission approved Franklin & Marshall College's plans for a new $16 million stadium.
The stadium will be built on a 27-acre tract on the college’s North Campus, across Harrisburg Avenue on the site of the former Armstrong World Industries' floor plant.
Art Morris, the city's former mayor, would like to see Armstrong's history memorialized. Thousands of people worked at the plant for decades until scores of buildings were demolished in 2007.
"There's a lot that occurred on that site that you wouldn't know if you just walked out there," Morris said after Wednesday's meeting, speaking of what's now remediated grass fields.
Though non-binding on the stadium plans, the planning commission also passed a motion reflecting Morris' desire.
Commission member Jon Lyons said Morris' suggestion fits with the good citizenship that the college and Lancaster General Health show.
Lancaster General Health is also developing part of the area. It plans to build a one-story, 126-bed psychiatric facility in the area, behind shops at West Liberty Street and Harrisburg Avenue.
College spokesman Kevin Burke said Thursday the college has looked at a number of options to recognize the site's history, but hasn't settled on anything.
"Right now, the focus on the project itself," he said.
The stadium will be named for Laurence Shadek, a 1972 graduate and trustee who played football and baseball and is now an investment adviser. His Shadek Family Foundation gave $5 million in 2012 to jump-start fundraising.
Besides the football team, men's and women's lacrosse teams will also use the stadium.
Plans call for a red brick stadium with a faux slate roof in the Colonial Revival style to reflect other campus buildings. Its facade will resemble a two-story building atop a mound.
It will have seating for 2,576 spectators, an artificial turf field, lighted space for practices and games, a press box and concessions on the home side, and spaces for locker rooms and meeting areas as well as a large president’s suite for viewing.
The Lancaster Historical Commission and City Council approved the plans earlier this year.
Approval is still needed from the Lancaster County Conservation District, but is expected, Burke said. The agency looks at erosion issues.
"The plan is still to put shovels in the ground in July," Burke said. The stadium is expected to be finished in time for the 2017 football season.