The University of Houston-Victoria is touting its vision for transforming the small campus into a booming destination university.
But some community leaders who have been outspoken about UHV's future still question whether the university is headed in the right direction.
UHV recently revealed plans for a 63,000-square-foot academic and economic development building, which jump-starts the university's master plan for 2020 and beyond.
Construction on the $11.5 million building, which will be on the northeast of the current University Center, is expected to begin later this year. It's the first project in a set of fast-moving plans that puts UHV on the path toward building up its current campus - something critics have long been weary of.
"Now might be a good time to reconsider the idea of a new campus location before more money is spent locking Victoria into a short-term fix with serious long-term flaws," Mayor Will Armstrong said.
UHV and its two current buildings sit on 19 landlocked acres next to Victoria College. About four years ago, Victoria resident Frank Buhler offered 100 acres of his property near the airport to allow UHV to expand as it prepared to welcome freshmen and sophomores for the first time.