U Pulls Out of Center in North Minneapolis
The University of Minnesota decided to pull out as be a main tenant of a planned $60 million social services building on the North Side of Minneapolis because of lack of finances, the Star Tribune reported.
The university's programs would have aimed at keeping families together and improving parenting skills but won't be offered at the planned building near Plymouth and Penn Avenues.
"I'm just very, very disappointed. I was very, very enthusiastic about it," Council Member Don Samuels said Wednesday.
Robert Jones, a senior university vice president, blamed a worsening financial picture for the university and the nation, and higher lease costs than the university could afford, the Star Tribune reported.
He said the university remains committed to renovating the center as a base for a variety of university outreach programs ranging from pre-kindergarten preparation to master gardening.
Source: Star Tribune