Post-Bulletin: Regents To Vote On UMR Plan For Pedestrian-Only Downtown Campus

October 8, 2014

(Post-Bulletin) -- The University of Minnesota Rochester's vision for a pedestrian-only campus downtown will face a key series of votes during a two-day meeting of the U's Board of Regents starting on Thursday.

The steps are key because, without them, UMR officials can't move forward with plans to transform a section of southwest downtown into a 10-acre campus anchored by a 126,000-square-foot academic building. Regent approval would give UMR officials the go-ahead to begin pre-design work on the first building and to seek funding from the Legislature.

On Thursday, the regent's facilities and operations committee will vote on two measures that will impact UMR's future. The first one seeks to make the Rochester campus part of the U of M president's six-year capital plan. The second will be whether to accept UMR's updated master campus plan.

If both gain approval, the full board of regents will vote Friday on the six-year capital plan, including UMR as a "system academic priority in 2020," said Jay Hesley, UMR's assistant vice chancellor for institutional advancement.

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