The Orlando city council agreed this week to provide $75.2 million in support of the Downtown UCF campus.
Christine Dellert, a UCF spokeswoman, said the council voted unanimously on Feb. 8 to approve the school's Memorandum of Understanding, a list of support requests that included almost $68 million in land and infrastructure support and improvements. Combined with contributions for the Creative Village project, total city funding reached more than $75 million.
A new concept rendering for the campus' academic building was also debuted at the meeting. The academic building will be 165,000 square feet and will complement a renovated Center for Emerging Media near the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy.
“UCF is proud to partner with the City of Orlando on this game-changing project for Central Florida," Dellert said. "We are grateful for the City’s continued support to make UCF Downtown a reality that will help transform the lives of many in our community through access to higher education and a unique learning environment next to so many growing industries."
This money will go toward plumbing, road work, land and property.
Funding for Downtown UCF will come from three sources: one from private donors, one from UCF itself, and one from the state. UCF will be presenting a revised plan for its downtown campus to the Board of Governors on March 2, when they will request $20 million in state funds.
We've reached out to the mayor's office for comment.
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