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NMSU regents adopt master plan

At its last regular session of 2006, the New Mexico State University Board of Regents adopted a long-range plan for the university's physical development and land use that was at least a year in the making.


The master plan, the subject of more than 100 open forums, involves new structures, remodeling of buildings, rethinking of traffic patterns and redesigning the entrance to NMSU over a period of years.

A core concept of the master plan is to create a heart or center of campus easily accessible from many points and highlighted by a green space. It also calls for the conversion of University Avenue into a more pedestrian friendly, tree-lined street. Instead of campus buildings facing inward, they would face University Avenue to provide a more welcoming image and emphasize NMSU's interaction with the city and the community.
Details of the plan can be viewed at http://masterplan.nmsu.edu/NMSU_DRAFT_11-15-2006.pdf.

Senior Vice President Ben Woods asked that the regents adopt the plan as a blueprint representing a living document that will progress and continue to be built upon. The regents also had planned to discuss a land lease for the proposed campus-based city center, President M. Steven Anaya told those attending, but the agreement still is being refined.

In other action, the board approved a request that the university be allowed to move forward with applications for a government license to serve alcohol at the Pan American Center. NMSU currently has a license for both the University Golf Course and the Fulton Center.

The next board meeting is scheduled for Jan. 29 in Santa Fe in conjunction with Las Cruces Days.

Mary A. Benanti
Dec. 15, 2006