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With Cabinet Approval FSU Land Swap Will Go Forward

FSU's land swap gives the school room to build a new College of Business.
Nick Evans

In one of his first duties as Florida State University’s President, John Thrasher appeared before the Florida Cabinet Wednesday.  The Cabinet approved a land swap to build a new business and hospitality school.

Thrasher is pushing a plan for FSU to acquire a parcel of land next to the Tallahassee Civic Center in exchange for a handful of other lots and nearly a million dollars in cash.  On the undeveloped plot of land known as the O’Connell property, FSU plans to build a new College of Business.  Thrasher says much of the funding will be private.

“In fact, our dean who would be here today is out working on raising private funds for this new legacy hall,” Thrasher says.  “She’s doing a great job, and we hope to frankly get most of the money that we will use to build this from private sources.”

The land exchange has been in the works for nearly a year.  It’s part of a larger plan known as the Madison Mile developing the area between Civic Center and Doak Campbell stadium.

Nick Evans came to Tallahassee to pursue a masters in communications at Florida State University. He graduated in 2014, but not before picking up an internship at WFSU. While he worked on his degree Nick moved from intern, to part-timer, to full-time reporter. Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan. When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.