The First Merit North building in downtown Flint Mich will be bought by the University of Michigan to expand its Flint campus WNEM-TV

The First Merit North building in downtown Flint, Mich., will be bought by the University of Michigan to expand its Flint campus.

University of Michigan-Flint will buy downtown building

 For $6 million, U of M will acquire 160,000-square-foot building across the street from its existing campus

The University of Michigan says it will expand its campus in Flint by purchasing the First Merit North building in the city's downtown.

WNEM-TV reports that university will pay $6 million for the 160,000-square-foot building, which will be used for both academic and administrative purposes. Constructing a comparable facility would cost an estimated $60 million, says U of M Flint Chancellor Sue Borrego.

“Space has been bottle necked on campus for several years so it's a great opportunity for us,” Borrego says.

The building' location across the street from U of M's existing Flint campus was a key selling point.

“I thought it was a fantastic idea because so many times when campus and be contagious and close, it’s such a huge bonus,” says Michael Behm, who serves on the university's Board of Regents.


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