University of Warwick presents plans for downtown Roseville graduate school

Last Updated: 11/17/2016

Downtown Roseville may get a new addition that could transform the properties along Dry Creek and in turn greatly enhance downtown revitalization.

At the November 16th Roseville City Council Meeting, the University of Warwick outlined its plans to bring a permanent graduate school to downtown Roseville.  The first step would be the sale of Fire Station No. 1 at 401 Oak Street to Warwick.  At the meeting, the Council approved entering into negotiations with Warwick on the sale. 

Watch the presentation from the University of Warwick about their plans.

“Between the University of Warwick and Sierra College, students will have a range of higher education options right in downtown Roseville. Both will draw students and professors, adding new energy and making downtown an even stronger destination into the evening hours as well. And it’s an ideal re-use of an existing building,” said City Manager Rob Jensen. “Warwick has been a strong partner and its plans support priorities that the Council has focused on for many years.”

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Construction is scheduled to begin on a new Fire Station No. 1 at Lincoln Street and Oak Street in the spring of 2017.  Fire Administration is moving into 316 Vernon Street at the end of this year immediately freeing up that space in the building.  Fire operations would continue in the 401 Oak Street location until the new station opens.

The sale may also include options for Warwick, a United Kingdom-based university, to purchase city-owned lots on either side of the fire station for future expansion including teacher/student housing and classroom space.  The 401 Oak Street location interior would be remodeled and upgraded to meet educational needs.

The project addresses the Roseville City Council’s 2017-2018 goals and priorities for developing and promoting economic development, creation of a great downtown, higher education and for encouraging investment in the City’s core neighborhoods.

Warwick plans to establish a new school which will begin offering graduate courses in 2018 subject to approval by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.

In addition to the prospective downtown graduate school, Warwick officials continue to develop plans for a 6,000-student undergraduate campus in west Placer County, along the city’s border.