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IU Trustees give final approval for med school

The Indiana University Board of Trustees has given final approval for the planned medical school in Downtown Evansville.

The board has also released new renderings of the complex, showing a sleek, four-story structure with a glassed-in portion and parking lots to be built in a six-block area bounded by Locust, Cherry, Fourth, and Sixth streets.

The Indiana Legislature approved $25.2 million for the IU and USI portions of the medical campus earlier this year.

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke tells WNIN News that the next step is getting the money. The State Budget Committee will be asked to release the funds in October. Winnecke says ground should be broken shortly after that. 

UE is contributing $6 million of its own money for the project. Ivy Tech received no state money and will not move its health programs to the new complex, for now.

The Evansville City Council has approved a $57 million bond for the campus and related developments.

The med school is expected to open either in fall of 2017 or January 2018.

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