PORTLAND (WGME) — The distinct building that houses the University of Maine School of Law is set to be torn down and replaced.
But first, the University of Maine System board of trustees needs to approve a temporary space.
The law school has been housed in a building on Deering Avenue for nearly 50 years with no major upgrades.
There are plans to knock it down entirely and rebuild using donations.
But until that’s done, students need a new space for the next five years.
The school wants to lease a spot on Fore Street.
The law school’s dean, Leigh Saufley, said the move will allow the school to grow.
“It will allow us to access much-improved technology and it will provide the law school, the graduate and professional center, the new MBA program that’s thriving, and several other partners, the opportunity to collaborate and really provide vibrate modern space for our students,” she said.
The lease could cost up to $960,000 a year.
The university system’s board of trustees is scheduled to vote on the issue on May 24.