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U of I reveals plans, design for new African American Cultural Center

According to The News-Gazette, a new cultural center is headed to the University of Illinois campus quite soon. Next week at the U of I’s Board of Trustees meeting in Springfield, the final designs (rendered above) for the new Bruce Nesbitt African American Cultural Center on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana.

The new, $5.5 million center, will be constructed at the site of the former African American Cultural Center at the corner of Mathews Ave and Nevada St in Urbana, and looks pretty damn sleek.

For more information, check out the full story in The News-Gazetteand read an excerpt about the new Cultural Center below:

A modern glass-and-brick building designed to provide a “home away from home” for black students and reach out to the broader campus is slated to replace a deteriorating cultural center at the University of Illinois.

Final designs for the new $5.5 million Bruce Nesbitt African American Cultural Center will be presented to UI trustees when they meet in Springfield next week.

The old center at 708 S. Mathews Ave., U, originally built as a house, was closed in spring 2014 for safety reasons.

The cultural center was moved to temporary quarters in a campus recreation building on Gregory Street in Champaign.

The campus announced plans last year to build a new $4.9 million center at the original location on Mathews, just across the street from the UI Quad.

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