On Thursday, UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks announced that the proposed Berkeley Global Campus has been suspended indefinitely due to UC Berkeley’s budget deficit, according to the East Bay Times and Daily Californian.
Dirks made the announcement during a meeting with a group of Richmond community representatives at UC Berkeley. The meeting was initially intended to be a discussion on how the local community might benefit from the $3 billion international research facility, which was set to be located on a 130-acre property in Richmond Bay.
But Dirks, who recently announced he was stepping down amid criticism over UC Berkeley’s finances, said the budgetary problems meant an indefinite suspension of the Berkeley Global Campus plans.
“We realized we had a great idea but weren’t sure how we were going to get the funding,” Dirks said at Thursday’s meeting, according to the Daily Californian.
Dirks also reportedly said the school would “explore other options” for the Richmond Bay site, including projects that would promote increased enrollment at UC Berkeley and housing, or even inviting an anchor tenant like Google to move in, according to the East Bay Times.