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USC Upstate to create downtown Greenville campus


By Liz Segrist
lsegrist@scbiznews.com  
Published March 19, 2012

The University of South Carolina Upstate will expand its footprint into downtown Greenville.

Greenville City Council unanimously approved a resolution Monday giving USC Upstate the green light to begin planning for its new educational facility in downtown Greenville.

No location or size has been determined yet. The university is considering a site off Mayberry Street near the Kroc Center in West Greenville. The city owns approximately 5.5 acres there and plans to buy another adjacent six acres, owned by the city’s water authorities.

Mayor Knox White said the university is considering another site in an office building, but their preference is to have a stand-alone campus.

USC Upstate hopes to open its doors by fall 2014. The city and university plan to collaborate throughout the process to meet the tight timeline, if possible. The university can decide to own or lease an existing building, or build its own.

“This was one of the most historic meetings of City Council. This is transformational for the city,” said White following the meeting at the TD Convention Center in Greenville. “What had been missing is a public undergraduate program in Greenville. It’s been our aspiration to bring higher education opportunities to the city.”

USC Upstate has held classes in the University Center of Greenville in McAlister Square for around 20 years. USC Upstate Chancellor Thomas Moore said the university has outgrown the center as programs continue to grow in the area.

The university will likely create temporary locations in the area to accommodate for growth until 2014. It plans to keep classes in the center as well.

The university plans to dramatically enlarge its health sciences program at the new location as well in conjunction with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, which plans to open its doors next fall at the Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center.

This was the first and final reading of the resolution that allows USC Upstate to start spending money for engineering and site planning. Some amendments were added to the resolution before approval, such as granting council the ability to approve the final site plan and requiring a request for proposal process for future development in the area.

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