The Florida legislature added $20 million in funding for Downtown UCF to the state budget yesterday, university spokeswoman Christine Dellert confirmed.
The state contribution is one-third of the $60 million needed to begin construction of the downtown campus’ first building, a 165,000-square-foot academic building that will support 7,700 students from UCF and Valencia College. The remaining $40 million will be split between $20 million in private donations and $20 million from the university coffers.
Before it reached the legislature, the funding request had to be approved by the Board of Governors, an 16-member panel that oversees the state’s university system. The board voted 14-2 to approve UCF's funding request on the condition that no funds would be disbursed until the school reaches its private funding goal.
Private contributions currently total $16 million.
The last obstacle facing the campus is Gov. Rick Scott, who vetoed $15 million in funding for the project last year. State support will not be secured until the governor signs the budget.
Bernard Wilchusky is the Editor-in-Chief of the Central Florida Future. You can reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @cameradudeman.