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Posted: Friday, March 14, 2014 10:00 pm

The University of Texas System is requesting proposals from the region’s stakeholders to see where they should locate the UT Rio Grande Valley’s administrative offices. 

The UTRGV’s headquarters are expected to accommodate 100 employees. “Consid erations will include a proposed site’s access to amenities and major highways — ideally in or near an established commercial district — and access to UTRGV’s campuses,” a press release states.

The land could be either gifted or sold to the UT System.

During a meeting with faculty and staff in late February, System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa said that many cities had shown great interest in housing the administrative offices of the new university.

Because it was a public university, Cigarroa said it was appropriate to go through this process.

According to the request for proposal on the UT System’s website, the area should have sufficient space to house an office building and parking for 100 employees.

“The preference is for sites that are immediately available for construction, with utility infrastructure to at least the perimeter of the property and adequate roadways for suitable access to the site,” the request states. “Sites should provide reasonable access to the component campuses of UTRGV and to an airport with private and commercial flights.”

The request also states that sites should be served by “quality schools, amenities, and recreatio nal opportunities.”

The last day for the Board of Regents to receive proposals is May 15. The tentative schedule shows that sites will be evaluated by mid-July with the board expecting to approve of a site by the end of August.

During his February meeting, Cigarroa said the UT System wanted to make certain it was a fair process for all communities interested in hosting the site.

“We are going through a process that is fair because we are a public university,” Cigarroa said.

The decision of where to construct the administrative offices, he said, should be made by next fall.

“The decisions have to be made, and this can’t linger for a long period of time,” Cigarroa said.

mmontoya@brownsvilleherald.com

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