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New owner of former Daniel Webster College site thought he was purchasing operating college, says mayor – Union Leader

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NASHUA — As the saga of the former Daniel Webster College property continues, Mayor Jim Donchess says the owners of the land thought they were actually purchasing an operating college.

“My understanding is they thought they were buying an operating college, but they are not because it is not open and they, as owners, have not been accredited, which is an involved process,” Donchess said during a recent town hall meeting in Ward 2. “All they bought was real estate, not an operating college. It is said that they did not quite understand that.”

Daniel Webster College officially closed in May 2017, and it has been nearly two years since the former college parcel was acquired, yet the property still remains quiet and vacant.

In the fall of 2017, an undisclosed Chinese university was the top bidder at a bankruptcy auction for the majority of the 53-acre property in Nashua. Sui Liu, who is associated with the university, paid $11.6 million for the site.

“They don’t really communicate with the city. We try to reach them, we get nothing,” said the mayor.

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