UNH-Manchester, Kamen team up in move to Pandora building
Manchester inventor Dean Kamen listens Thursday to presentations at the "groundbreaking" of the University of New Hampshire-Manchester, which is moving to his Pandora mill building in the spring. (MARK HAYWARD/UNION LEADER)
No ground was actually broken — the University of New Hampshire-Manchester campus is moving to the six-story, 164-year-old Pandora mill building.
But politicians, university officials and the owner of Pandora, Manchester inventor Dean Kamen, gathered at a ceremony Thursday to celebrate the pending move and its anticipated effect on efforts to educate future workers for tech-heavy Millyard companies.
Kamen will pay $3.14 million for the building. He will retain ownership of the Pandora building, which the university will rent for $2 million a year. The university plans to sink $8 million in upgrades to the building, and it will have an option to purchase it from Kamen.
Pandora holds a prominent position in the Millyard. Its clock tower is one of the site’s highest points and it is located just off the corner of Granite and Commercial streets.
UNH President Mark Huddleston said the Manchester campus is an amazing asset for the city and Merrimack Valley.
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