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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

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