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First designs for Aggie Square at med center campus near Oak Park released by UC Davis

UC Davis Chancellor Gary May announces Aggie Square will be built in Oak Park at the Med Center

UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May and Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg announce April 12 the hospital campus in Oak Park as the preferred site for Aggie Square, a technology and innovation district modeled after Georgia Tech's Technology Square.
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UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May and Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg announce April 12 the hospital campus in Oak Park as the preferred site for Aggie Square, a technology and innovation district modeled after Georgia Tech's Technology Square.

After more than a year since the city of Sacramento and the University of California, Davis, announced plans to develop Aggie Square on the medical center campus near Oak Park, preliminary designs for the 25-acre “innovation hub” project were released Tuesday.

Early designs cover the first phase of development – about 8 acres that will include educational buildings, student and affiliate housing, a market plaza and a hub for transportation, according to a news release issued by the university.

Plans include an office and classroom building for post-collegiate education and workforce training, two research buildings with science, technology and engineering laboratories, a multipurpose building with community and university storefront spaces in addition to housing, an outdoor food and health marketplace, and a public square, according to the release.

Aggie Square will offer a new electric bus service to connect the university’s Davis and Sacramento locations with downtown Sacramento, as well as other shuttle and ridesharing options, according to the release.

The university also has plans for two new parking structures at the site, according to the release.

“I’m thrilled that we have reached a stage where, together with the community, we can now visualize Aggie Square,” Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg said in a prepared statement. “Now we must work together closer than ever to weave UC Davis more tightly into the fabric of Sacramento and create a place that inspires collaboration and innovation around inclusion, job creation and community development.”

City and university officials announced the project in April 2018 and said it was going to be developed on the university medical center campus near the corner of Second Avenue and Stockton Boulevard.

In August, the university released plans for a $60 million rehabilitation hospital to be build on Broadway in the Aggie Square development. The 40-bed hospital will create about 200 jobs, according to previous reporting by The Bee.

“When we started this journey in 2017, Mayor Steinberg and I knew Aggie Square should be driven by cooperation and a collaborative spirit,” UC Davis Chancellor Gary May said in a prepared statement. “That’s the real power of Aggie Square – its potential to fuel innovation when people of all backgrounds work side by side.”

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