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Future University Plan Unveiled by Yuma

Credit: University of Yuma

By Matt Harding for Yuma Sun

A decade or so from now, Yuma could have its very own four-year university in the heart of the city — encompassing a 50-acre area in the Old Town South neighborhood just south of downtown.

But a lot of work has to be done in order to turn that vision into reality.

The City of Yuma, using federal Brownfields grant funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, unveiled a conceptual plan for the university at an open house Jan. 11.

About half of the 42 properties have completed environmental assessments since 2014, and the latest batch was completed in May 2016.

A total of $800K in grant funding has allowed the city to take on the conceptual plan for a university and engage in the assessment process.

Of those 42 properties, around 12 percent are substandard and may require environmental hazard mitigation, meaning additional funding would be needed to clean the sites before anything is built there.

About 60 percent of them are vacant. Roughly 25 percent may or may not be able to undergo rehabilitation and the remaining property is being fully utilized…

Read more at Yuma Sun.

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