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Acquisition of Former Ford Plant Finalized - UC East Takes Shape


Classes will begin in the fall of 2010.

Date: 4/1/2010 12:00:00 AM
By: Mae Hanna
Phone: (513) 732-5332

UC ingot   It’s official – Industrial Realty Group LLC (IRG) finalized the acquisition of the former Ford plant today paving the way for the University of Cincinnati and UC Clermont College to begin offering classes in the fall of 2010.
 
“I am pleased to say that UC East is going to become a reality. We plan on moving swiftly to be able to offer classes this fall at the new location,” said Interim Dean Mick McLaughlin.
The former Ford Plant that will take shape as UC East by September 2010.
The former Ford Plant that will take shape as UC East by September 2010.

  
 
UC Clermont College will occupy the first floor of the building. The second floor will be occupied by the College of Nursing and Allied Heath offering classes from their programs. UC signed a lease for approximately 81,000 square feet of space at that Batavia Township location.
 
“We are very pleased to play a part in helping UC East expand its campus to this site in Batavia. We couldn’t have done it without the combined team work with UC, UC Clermont, State of Ohio, County and Township officials. We look forward to announcements of new opportunities for this site and the community in the near future,” said Stuart Lichter, President of IRG. 
 
The multi-tiered development deal cleared a final hurdle last month when the Batavia Township trustees unanimously approved zoning plans for UC to use an 18-acre portion of the 230-acre Ford site. “We are proud to have UC up there,” said Trustee Archie Wilson.
 
With approximately 4,000 students attending UC Clermont – the campus has experienced unprecedented growth - 17 percent increase in enrollment this winter quarter. Overall – enrollment has increased by 33 percent over the past three years. 
 
“We are quite pleased with the University of Cincinnati’s decision to expand its presence in Clermont County,” said Board of Clermont County Commissioners President Bob Proud, a former UC Clermont student. “The addition of more options for our citizens to obtain a two or four-year degree at a quality institution like UC, without leaving the county, is a major bonus. The expansion will also kick-start revitalization of the Ford property and provide jobs and additional educational opportunities for many in our community.”

UC plans to begin offering classes at the new campus in fall 2010. The nursing program and physical therapy program will be among the initial classes offered at the site.