UNA looks to purchase historic downtown Florence office building

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – The University of North Alabama is expanding its campus into downtown Florence.

Monday morning, the University Of North Alabama Board of Trustees voted to proceed with purchasing the Keystone Business Centre on south Seminary Street.

When the university looked at relocating their Human Environmental Sciences program, this was their second choice.

Florence City Council members voiced concerns over parking in downtown at the north Court Street location – their first selection.

“This does alleviate a few of the issues that we had with the other project, specifically around parking which was the primary negative with the other project,” stated UNA Vice President of Business and Financial Affairs.

The HES program is currently in Floyd Hall. If the $1.75 million purchase goes through, HES will move to the Keystone building next January.

“As soon as we’re able to shift HES into this building we’ll bring down Floyd, start construction on the new nursing building and then simultaneously we’ll have the parking lot expansion project going on,” explained Carter.

University leaders said they will be able to remodel the building at minimal costs to accommodate new classrooms.

Before the sale of the Keystone Executive Centre, an appraisal must first be completed.

A University of North Alabama spokesperson said they will honor all of the current leases of tenants in the building once a sale is completed.