Pittsburg State, city of Pittsburg swap land parcels

Pittsburg State University and the city of Pittsburg have agreed to swap land in a deal designed to help both entities expand.

The trade was ratified Tuesday by the City Commission but must be approved by the Kansas Legislature.

The Joplin Globe reports the university agreed to give 72 acres to the city, which wants to use it for home building. In return, the city will give Pittsburg State one 25-acre site and another 5-acre site.

City manager Daron Hall says the trade does not involve any money. Hall says the city badly needs new housing developments.

University official Chris Kelly says the university has no immediate plans for its new land but it will be available for future development.