New UTB Land Purchase to Support Growth
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JANUARY 13, 2012 – The University of Texas at Brownsville has recently acquired additional land to support the growing needs of the university.
Dr. Juliet V. García, President of UT Brownsville, made the announcement on Friday, Jan. 13 at the annual Spring Convocation for faculty and staff held at The Arts Center.
The property consists of 20 acres on the corner of East Avenue and Expressway 77/83 adjacent to 80 acres of existing UTB property at the site of the university soccer field. The UT System Board of Regents approved the university’s purchase of the land last year.
“This latest acquisition will be the site for much-needed expansion at UT Brownsville,” García said. “We are greatly appreciative for the support of the UT Board of Regents and Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, for their genuine enthusiasm in helping build the new UTB and for the many UT System and UTB staff who generously lent us their expertise to help negotiate this latest acquisition. Every step forward creates new momentum and excitement.”
This most recent purchase is one in a series of decisions that the UT System Board of Regents has approved to move the university forward, from planning for physical expansion to the approval of a new university mission.
In May 2011, the Board of Regents approved UTB’s purchase of new student housing as well as several tracks of adjacent land for university expansion.
In August, the regents also approved UTB’s new mission statement, admission standards and a $30 million investment focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in the Rio Grande Valley. The new logo and school colors were approved in November.
Last semester, Casa Bella, the new student residence apartments, welcomed its first class of almost 400 students in affordable and student-centered residence halls with amenities that include private bedrooms, full kitchens and many shared spaces to enhance student life.
Demand for more housing quickly exceeded supply, so the university immediately began to develop a waiting list for students who had not been fortunate enough to get into the housing on the first round.
Last summer, UTB purchased an additional three acres of land in front of the Casa Bella residence halls with plans under development for additional housing to be added in the future.SOURCE: UT-Brownsville Press Release