KEARNEY - The University of Nebraska at Kearney is expected to announce construction soon of a university engagement center for its University Village project.

The center is envisioned as a space for meetings and community events that also can house businesses and state offices. It also will be another step toward turning a vast field of alfalfa into business offices, town houses and condos, shops and restaurants.

Only two buildings have gone into the 104-acre area just south of campus, and both are university facilities.

Officials expect University Village will grow as public-private partnerships flourish.