Ohio State wants to spend millions on new campus building

Ohio State University today announced a new $28 million project for a facility that would become part of the College of Optometry.

The 93,000 square-foot facility at 11th Avenue and Neil Avenue will feature an optometry clinic, an eye wear gallery, retail space, faculty offices and support space, according to the university.

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Ohio State officials plan to request $600,000 from the board of trustees to go toward professional services for the project.

Construction is anticipated for late fall 2018, pending additional Board of Trustees approval. The project will be the first step toward a potential interdisciplinary health sciences center, as dictated by Ohio State’s “framework 2.0” strategic plan, according to the university.

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“The proposed work outlined in Framework 2.0 continues to align with the university’s strategic focus, including the areas of research, academic health care and the arts,” vice president of planning and real estate Keith Myers said in a prepared statement.

The project will force three businesses to relocate, according to OSU. Those businesses include Italian restaurant Adriatico’s, a branch of Columbus-based Huntington Bank and the University Flower Shop.

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