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University To Move Big Tree For Building Project

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Plans for a $135 million addition to the University of Michigan's business school include moving a 65-foot-tall tree that's thought to be more than 200 years old.

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Stephen M. Ross School of Business project includes moving the oak from its place in a courtyard at the north side of the Ross complex, facing the School of Education, to a lawn area off Tappan Street.

School spokesman Rick Fitzgerald says the cost of between $300,000 and $400,000 to move the tree is factored into the overall project, which is funded by donors.

Fitzgerald said the tree, which has a trunk that's 55 inches in diameter, must be moved to build a connection between the planned building, the existing Ross building and the library building.

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