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ADICA discusses budget & ASU projects

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -Albany State University is getting closer to a major expansion on campus.

The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority approved the final version of a deal to issue up $50 million in bonds for ASU.

The only remaining step is for a judge to review the documents. The money will fund new dorms and a new student center. Construction should start in August and be finished by August of next year.

The mixed suites and apartment style dorms will house 600 students. The nearly $17 million student center will be built near the dinning hall.

A year after a financial fiasco that sent the ADICA Director to jail,  Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority board members hope they're well on their way to regaining the public's confidence.

ADICA has essentially operated without a budget. ADICA members discussed the detailed budget for the coming year that includes money for events such as summer Movies in the Park,  Jazz in the Park, and an end-of-the year festival.

ADICA is also working to re-vamp the downtown facade grant program.

"It's a way we're proving to the public that we're paying attention to what's going on and that we are using the money wisely for the benefit of the community as a whole," said ADICA Board Member, Phil Cannon.

Right now, the budget sits at $113,000. ADICA is getting close to hiring a new director and downtown manager.

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