BEAUFORT, S.C. - The University of South Carolina Beaufort is asking for almost $60 million from Beaufort County for campus projects including a convention center, a baseball stadium and renovations to its arts center.

The Beaufort Gazette reports that university officials made the request Monday to a county sales tax commission.

The commission is receiving proposals to be financed with a proposed 1 percent county sales tax. Other groups have already asked for more than $290 million.

USC-Beaufort says its projects will be built at its Hilton Head Gateway Campus. The most expensive is a $35 million convention center. It would include a 4,000-seat arena, conference rooms, offices and locker rooms.

USC-Beaufort Chancellor Jane Upshaw says it could be used for academics as well as concerts, conferences and other community events.

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Information from: The Beaufort Gazette, http://www.beaufortgazette.com