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Barrie Desperately Wants Ontario's Next University

Sep 25

BARRIE - This city likely won't learn about its downtown university campus until 2013.

Mayor Jeff Lehman, speaking to the Greater Barrie Chamber of Commerce on Monday, said the ball is still in the province's court.

“It's up to them, that's the short answer,” Lehman. “We just don't know.”

He was responding to a question by Allan Johnson of BMO, following Lehman's economic update at Tangle Creek Golf and Country Club at the Mayor's Luncheon.

“It's not a short term-thing. Any economic benefit will be several years later,” Johnson said of a downtown university campus. “It's good news, I just don't think it will save the downtown by itself.”

A campus in Barrie's core is included in Laurentian University's 2012-17 strategic plan; the $60-million campus would have 3,000 students, or 2,500 full-time equivalents. Approximately 20 acres of land would be required for a 162,000-square-foot facility, with a private student residence and 500 on-site parking spots for students, 140 faculty and staff.


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