Two days after Albright College announced its intentions to come to Mesa, the City Council, in a special meeting Thursday, approved a “memorandum of understanding” to establish a period of exclusive negotiations between the school and the city.
The study session that followed also focused on higher-education opportunities, as City Manager Chris Brady briefed the mayor and Council on proposed plans to revamp the city buildings that will likely hold Benedictine University’s classes and recruitment offices. Benedictine announced its plans for a Mesa branch in January.
The Council will consider three items related to the university and the renovations at its formal meeting Monday.
The first is a contract for interior demolition and asbestos-abatement at the former Tri-City Community Service Center, 225 E. Main St. The city and Benedictine are negotiating a 15-year lease agreement with an option to buy.
The second item relates to the remodeling and reuse of a city building at 51 E. Main St., which Benedictine will likely utilize for recruitment. The third involves authorizing a two-year lease agreement with Benedictine for the space, with three optional one-year renewals.