By Associated Press - Monday, October 13, 2014

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The University of Michigan has announced the date it plans to relocate a 250-year-old tree to make way for an expansion of the business school.

The university said Monday the 65-foot-tall bur oak will be moved Oct. 25. A trailer will take the tree about 500 feet, and it’ll stay on campus.

Transporting the tree and surrounding ground, which combined will weigh up to 850,000 pounds, is expected to cost as much as $400,000. The cost is included in the $135 million price tag for the donor-funded expansion of the Ross School of Business.

An Environmental Design crew will return to Ann Arbor this week to continue preparing for the move. An official with the Tomball, Texas-based company says the tree has at least an 80 percent chance of surviving.

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