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U of M-Flint receives building donation

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A historic donation to a local university will allow even more students to study and work in Mid-Michigan.

The University of Michigan-Flint is already a big part of the downtown area and it’s about to get even bigger.

“It’s a great, great holiday gift,” said Susan Borrego, U of M-Flint chancellor.

The university received the largest donation in its history. The college is getting the 340,000 square foot riverfront residence and banquet hall.

“It’s a game changer to be able to inherit a building in this kind of condition, essentially have the keys and move in. It’s almost unprecedented,” Borrego said.

The 16-story building already works as a dormitory and information center for local college students. University officials said the amount of students living on campus in Flint is expected to double.

“I think it’s great that the university is growing and it’s going to grow the downtown area and probably give us the opportunity to probably see some diversity in the building,” said Lauren Mixon, student.

Along with housing hundreds of students, the building has plenty of amenities, like a 24-hour computer lab and fitness center.

The Uptown Reinvestment Corporation renovated the space, supported by a $27 million repayable grant made by the Mott Foundation. Mott is waiving the balance so Tim Herman, president of URC, can give it back to the community.

“We are very, very happy to be able to, with the generosity of the CS Mott Foundation, to be able to hand the keys over this morning,” Herman said.

Borrego is looking forward to the future of the building.

“We will be able to look at what other academic programs might be accommodated here or classroom space. So we are just in the preliminary stages of unwrapping the package right now,” she said.

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