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November 7, 2008

UC Merced releases draft of campus development plan

MERCED — University of California at Merced officials today released a draft proposal that illustrates and lays out campus expansion over the next several decades.

The report details the future of the 815-acre campus and how it will accommodate a projected 25,000 students.

Called the "Draft Long Range Development Plan," the document will guide the construction of academic buildings and student housing, streets and bike paths, a university medical center, parking structures, an athletic stadium and public transit, as well as the neighboring university community with its homes, parks, schools and retail stores.

Officials also released a draft report reviewing the environmental impacts of the development. Public comment on the draft environmental report starts today and will run through Jan. 7.

The documents can be found at http://lrdp.ucmerced.edu/.

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