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UH-Downtown Plans To Expand, Purchases 17 Acre Property

Officials with the university say it is the preferred location to build a science and technology building.

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Officials with UH-Downtown say the property, which is located north of I-10, is the preferred location for a planned Science and Technology building.
Officials with UH-Downtown say the property, which is located north of I-10, is the preferred location for a planned Science and Technology building.

The University of Houston System's Board of Regents has approved the purchase of a 17 acre parcel of land located near downtown Houston, which can be very important for the expansion of UH-Downtown.

The property is located on the north side of I-10.

UH-Downtown has been interested in buying it since the 1990s and the land will grow their campus to approximately 40 acres.

David Bradley, vice president for Administration and Finance at UH-Downtown, says the purchase will help them broaden their master plan.

Bradley adds the site is the preferred location to build a science and technology building, a project which has already gotten a green light from the Texas Legislature.

The land can also help UH-Downtown to pursue other possibilities.

"We have a small student life center right now and we’d like to get something that’s more appropriate for a campus our size, perhaps a new student union building one day... So, there are a number of things out there that this land will enable us to look at seriously," Bradley notes.

The new property may also help UH-Downtown grow its enrollment.

"Currently, UH-Downtown has 14,000 students and our strategic plan calls for the university to grow to 18,000 students by 2020," Bradley adds. "We believe this additional property will really help us in that regard.

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