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Mt. San Jacinto College announces purchase of two buildings for new Temecula campus


Last updated 3/20/2018 at 6:09pm

Kim Harris

Temecula Mayor Pro Tem Mike Naggar address a group of officials gathered for a news conference announcing the purchase of two five story buildings located at 41888 Motor Car Pkwy. in Temecula by Mt. San Jacinto College. The 350,000-square-foot facility, which was purchased for $56.5 million using voter approved Measure AA funds, will be transformed into a full college and is expected to open sometime in the next 18 months.

The Mt. San Jacinto Community College District announced that it acquired two five-story buildings in Temecula that were previously owned by Abbott Laboratories.

The college district was joined by Temecula city officials Tuesday to announce the purchase of the two buildings located at 41888 Motorcar Parkway. The city helped facilitate the purchase.

“I am thrilled that Mt. San Jacinto College will be able to prepare more students for the education they need to reach their goals at one convenient location,” said Dr. Roger Schultz, college district superintendent. “It is a beautiful facility, it aligns with our mission and this is a real milestone in the history of the college district.”

The two buildings, purchased with Measure AA Funds, are expected to help the community college district address shortages in classroom space for courses students needed to obtain associate degrees, career certificates and transfer to four-year universities, according to a district news release.

MSJC will allow leases to expire at the two facilities it currently operates in Temecula and merge those operations into the new district-owned property. The transition is expected to take at least 18 months.

Mayor Pro Tem Michael S. Naggar praised MSJC's acquisition as another big step in Temecula's development.

"The city of Temecula continues to strive to provide higher education opportunities in support of our community and to further the framework of educational achievement in our region," Naggar said in a statement. "With high esteem, we thank our leaders in higher education who have catapulted this vision and have provided yet another progressive move forward in creating diverse higher education opportunities locally. Thank you MSJC Board of Trustees, President Dr. Roger Schultz, and staff for pioneering this initiative and enhancing the footprint of our educational system in the Temecula Valley.”

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.


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