Published: Aug 13, 2012 10:17 AM EDT

MANATEE, Fla. (AP) - The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is planning a $50 million expansion that business leaders hope will help revitalize the local economy and attract more students.
    
The Bradenton Herald (http://bit.ly/PbDBL7 ) reports the university's plan expects to double enrollment and enhance higher education opportunities over the next five years.
    
Business leaders also predict the expansion could transform a blighted corridor now filled with empty storefronts and lots.
    
The plan calls for a new $25 million academic hub with on-campus housing and an aquatic center. USF will also develop commercial property through public-private partnerships in the area.
    
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Information from: The Bradenton Herald , http://www.bradenton.com

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