The UNC Pembroke Board of Trustees authorized an offer to buy 4.3 acres of land. The vote was taken at a special meeting held Friday, January 16.
The parcel will cost $26,000 and is located on University Drive. It does not adjoin current UNCP property, but the University has its eye on other property in the area.
"We need to buy every piece of land we can around the University," board Chair Gervais Oxendine said.
"Especially on the north side," Trustee Dick Taylor added.
The land consists of two parcels and is owned by heirs of the Lowry family.
The board also approved Boney architects of Wilmington to create a master plan for UNCP. The plan would show what the University would look like in five years with 6-8,000 students enrolled.
"The University was at 3,000 enrollment with no one predicting more than 4,200," Chancellor Allen C. Meadors said. "We are looking at 6-8,000, and we need to know what the campus would look like."
The last master plan was created five years ago. The new master plan will show new buildings, land, landscaping, sidewalks, lighting, security and signage.