Friday August 01, 2014





TRU moving ahead with on-campus development

100 hectares looked at for private projects

TRU is taking another step toward its goal of developing commercial and market housing on campus.

The university’s vice-president of finance, Cliff Neufeld, told the board of governors Friday a consultant has been hired to conduct a campus master plan.

That plan is done every 10 years. What’s new this time is Thompson Rivers University is moving to allow private development on campus. It will look at uses on 100 hectares that comprises the campus lands.

Town hall meetings will be held for people on and off campus over the next six months to get public input on land uses.

Once the board approves the master plan, “it will be turned over to the university trust for development,” Neufeld said.

“We’ll identify the parcels to be developed.”

The university trust will oversee development of the endowment lands.

Once parcels are identified, the trust will work with developers to bring market housing and commercial development to the perimeters of campus.

At the same time as it plans for the future, the university is completing its latest addition to the Old Main building. Neufeld said the roof and exterior recladding are complete.

Work is scheduled to begin in early January on the interior refit of the upper two floors for the faculty of law inside Old Main. They are targeted for occupancy in August.





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