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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.

The Ann Arbor News reports  the 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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