Oregon Public Broadcasting

In one of its last acts before adjourning for the session, the Oregon Legislature approved more than $5.5 million toward the expansion of Oregon State University's Cascades Campus in Bend.

The money will be used to help retire the debt at the main academic building at OSU's current home on the campus of Central Oregon Community College. But the majority of the funds will be used to construct a replacement for that building on the new campus.

This latest round of funding follows a $16 million package approved by the legislature last July.

Becky Johnson is Vice President for OSU Cascades. She says the school used that money, along with private funds, to purchase two properties southwest of Bend's downtown.

"We ended up spending a little bit more on land than we had hoped for, but it allowed us to lock up land all the way to a 5000 student campus," said Johnson.

Johnson anticipates the school will break ground this summer and welcome its first freshman class in the fall of 2015.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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