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What’s next for British university’s Placer County campus

Rendering of the University of Warwick’s proposed downtown Roseville graduate school. The British university is also planning an undergraduate campus in west Placer County.
Rendering of the University of Warwick’s proposed downtown Roseville graduate school. The British university is also planning an undergraduate campus in west Placer County. University of Warwick

The British university planning a satellite campus in rural Placer County has picked a spot in downtown Roseville for its graduate school.

The University of Warwick wants to buy a 42,000-square-foot city-owned building to house its graduate school. The Roseville City Council will vote Wednesday on whether to allow city officials to begin negotiations with the university for the property. The 42-year-old building, on Oak Street, is occupied by the city’s fire administration and information technology department, which are relocating next month.

The Warwick school said in September it plans to open its graduate campus in downtown Roseville in 2018, subject to approval from education regulators. Its main undergraduate campus, serving as many as 6,000 students, is planned for a rural spot in west Placer County, between Roseville and Pleasant Grove. Construction of the undergraduate campus wouldn’t begin for several years, and the full build-out isn’t expected until 2031.

The undergraduate campus would take over about half of a 1,159-acre parcel being donated by the development foundation, a group that includes the family of developer Angelo K. Tsakopoulos and other landowners. The developers would convert the other half of the parcel into housing and commercial properties and use the proceeds to build the Warwick campus.

As for the graduate school, Warwick would renovate the downtown Roseville building. Eventually, it would likely expand the downtown campus by putting up additional buildings nearby.

Warwick officials have said the Roseville site will be permanent. While the two campuses will be several miles apart, the university said it has experience with multiple campuses. Its main campus in Coventry, England, is two hours from its graduate business school in London.

The university said it’s undaunted by the notion of building a California operation 5,000 miles from England. While Philadelphia’s Drexel University failed to make inroads with its Sacramento campus, holding its last graduation in June after a six-year run, Warwick officials said they can succeed.

Dale Kasler: 916-321-1066, @dakasler

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