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UMass Trustees Set To Vote On $3.8 Billion Building Plan

The UMass board of trustees will vote Wednesday on an ambitious construction plan for the five campus system.

   The trustees will meet on the flagship Amherst campus to vote on a plan to spend $3.8 billion dollars on construction projects over the next five years.   UMass spent $2.4 billion on capital improvements at its campuses over the last decade.  The trustees meet in Amherst, as the university is weighing the creation of its first ever satellite campus in downtown Springfield, something the city’s chief development officer Kevin Kennedy welcomes

   The managers of four downtown office buildings have submitted proposals to UMass for leased space.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.