City Proposes Giving Ohio University Land For Medical School

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Officials in a central Ohio city have proposed giving Ohio University more than 70 acres to build a medical college.

The university in Athens in southeast Ohio has pledged to build the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in the Columbus suburb of Dublin, with a goal of opening in 2014 with at least 50 students. The proposal discussed by the city council on Monday will be revisited on April 24.

Also Monday, the state controlling board approved the university's $11 million purchase of about 15 acres and two buildings for the school. The city's plan involves 70-plus acres surrounding that property.

University Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit says plans also include a day-care center, residential housing, cultural facilities and research laboratories.