San Antonio council backs sale of land to UTSA for downtown expansion

October 18, 2018 GMT

City Council unanimously approved selling more than 3 acres of land to the University of Texas San Antonio to be used for its new National Security Collaboration Center and School of Data Science.

The land — bounded by South Santa Rosa, Dolorosa, South Flores and West Nueva — will be sold to UTSA for $7.3 million.

The expansion is expected to attract Fortune 500 companies to San Antonio and establish the city as a hub for technology and national security.

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Council members heaped praise on University President Taylor Eighmy for spearheading a vision to expand the downtown campus and securing million of dollars to fund the capital project.

“You have come in and really taken the reins and just been so focused and visionary,” Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran said to Eighmy, who has been the UTSA president just over a year. “This is going to be a game changer for the entire city of San Antonio and the region.”

UTSA has already secured $70 million from the state’s Permanent University Fund as well as a $15 million gift from businessman Graham Weston for the project.

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The university also is planning to build a College of Business at the downtown campus.

County Judge Nelson Wolff has publicly pledged his commitment to transfer a parcel of land to the university for that project. The county land is in the same area as the land UTSA is buying from the city.

The next hurdle to clear for that project will be securing $126 million in tuition revenue bonds during the upcoming legislative session.

Krista Torralva covers several school districts and public universities in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read her on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | Krista.Torralva@express-news.net | Twitter: @KMTorralva