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Developer donates land for George Mason campus in Loudoun

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By Derek Kravitz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, December 14, 2009; 1:49 PM

A Loudoun County homebuilder announced Monday that it had donated a $17 million piece of land to George Mason University for a long-awaited campus in the fast-growing Northern Virginia suburb.

The 37-acre property is in Ashburn, at Exit 6 off the Dulles Greenway, about a mile from a future Metrorail stop. Van Metre Cos., the developers of the 2,700-house Broadlands community and one of the largest privately held real estate companies in the region, offered the land to GMU as part of the university's years-long search to find a site for a full-service campus.

Political and business leaders have long been interested in GMU's expansion beyond its main Fairfax site and satellite campus in Sterling. University officials have explored building a campus for about 5,000 students and offering courses that capitalize on the region's resources, including Dulles International Airport and a bevy of government contractors.

There is no established timeline for when a campus would be built or whether it would be constructed in conjunction with Northern Virginia Community College, GMU's partner in its Loudoun search.

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