UC picks Richmond site for lab expansion 

The University of California has picked a spot for a new branch of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and it's in the city of Richmond, not Berkeley.

The university announced Monday that it wants to build the lab's new biosciences division on the 152-acre waterfront site of a teaching and research facility it already owns in Richmond six miles north of the UC Berkeley campus.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/zzL7Rg ) that five other Bay Area cities -- Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville and Oakland -- had submitted proposals in hopes of luring the project.

Lab officials say the Richmond field station best met the university's need for more space and desire to maintain a close working relationship with UC Berkeley.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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