The University of Texas System board of regents gave UTSA the go-ahead Thursday to purchase and lease downtown land to expand the College of Business and parking options.

University of Texas at San Antonio officials plan to buy 2 acres of land east of the near Westside campus between Dolorosa and West Nueva streets from Bexar County. The land will be the future site of a new College of Business building. The school is currently located on UTSA’s Main Campus, in North San Antonio near Loop 1604.

The land purchased by UTSA is the current site of the soon to be demolished Central Texas Detention Facility. Bexar County commissioners approved the $5.7 million land sale in January. The agreement between UTSA and Bexar County stipulates the County is responsible for demolishing the jail and preparing the property for construction.

“This is going to impact the trajectory of our university,” UTSA President Taylor Eighmy said in January. “It’s going to greatly impact the trajectory of our city at the same time.”

The San Antonio university also plans to lease about 8.5 acres of land from the Texas Department of Transportation. The land, situated inside the circular César E. Chávez Boulevard exit ramp and under Interstate 35, will be used to create more surface parking lots for students and university staff.

The land deals are part of UTSA’s long-term vision for its Downtown Campus – Eighmy wants to triple its enrollment in the next decade, adding roughly 10,000 students.

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Emily Donaldson

Emily Donaldson reports on education for the San Antonio Report.