UMass Lowell Bypassed State Bidding Rules, Court Rules

May 11, 2010

The highest court in Massachusetts has ruled that the University of Massachusetts at Lowell illegally bypassed state bidding rules when it agreed to a long-term lease on a new facility to be built by a private developer, The Boston Globe reported. The university had maintained that the leasing arrangement wasn't in fact the building of a university building. But the court decision said that the "project here involved creation of a new building, adjacent to the university’s campus and dependent on the use of the university’s parking lot, which the university had the right to occupy for 30 years,’’ and that as a result, the "project was indeed construction of a building by the university in the sense contemplated by the competitive bidding statute.’’

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