Lawmakers approve UCF funding for downtown campus

- The University of Central Florida is one step closer to its goal of having a downtown campus in Orlando.  The state legislature recently became the latest group to sign off on the deal.  

Lawmakers agreed to set aside 20 million dollars for construction of the downtown campus which is what the school was asking for. However, it is not a done deal.  Next the proposal goes to the desk of Governor Rick Scott who must sign off on it.  

On Sunday lawmakers agreed to spend 700 million dollars on school construction projects across the state. Legislators agreed to give UCF 42.3 million dollars of that money, which is more than any other university in the state will get. 

Half of that would go towards funding the downtown campus which would be located just west of I-4 and east of Parramore Boulevard near the site of the old Amway Center. 

A chunk of the money approved Sunday comes from bonds. Should the governor sign off on the plan the downtown campus is set to open in the fall of 2018.

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