A community college in Mercing, California, will open in the summer after more than a decade of planning, with plans to build a new space in the community’s downtown.
The Merced County Public Schools board voted unanimously Wednesday to award $200,000 in tax credits for the construction of the new campus in downtown Merced.
The state’s largest community college will begin building on a site near the intersection of Interstate 15 and Interstate 80, the center of Merced’s thriving nightlife district.
The board voted to award tax credits of $200 for the initial $1 million construction of a new campus.
The program, which is expected to cost $1.4 million, would pay for the renovation and other costs, and also include $500,000 for the expansion of a community center.
The county board will then determine whether to extend the credits, or allow the property to be demolished and turned into parking.
The program will begin construction in the fall of 2020.
The new campus is expected be completed by 2020.
The community college has been a popular destination for students, alumni and the local community, said Bill Kelleher, executive director of the Merced College District.
Kelleher said the new center will be in the heart of downtown Merci and the college district has already worked closely with the city of Merci to make sure the community college meets its requirements.
“It’s the kind of building that you’d expect in a thriving community,” he said.
Kilgore, Merced, and the surrounding areas are among the most popular destinations for the community of more than 1,000 people in Merces County.