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Construction begins on new dorms

July 21, 2005

Albany- There's still a week and a half before students begin to return to campus, but there's no shortage of activity at Albany State.

"Dirt is being turned. Earth is being moved. Holes are being dug. The plan is in place," says ASU interim President Dr. Julius Scott, Jr.

Thursday, the school secured $34 million in bonds through the Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority, and less than 24-hours later, construction was underway.

The two dorms will become the first new student housing in nearly 10 years. They will provide 806 additional beds, something Interim President Dr. Julius Scott, Jr. says ASU definitely needs. 4

"The word is getting around that this is a great place to be, and some people who had made decisions to go to college in other places have decided to come to ASU instead," says Dr. Julius.

Dr. Scott is hoping the four-bedroom suites and apartment style units with kitchenettes will lure even more students to Albany State.

"The expectation is that the dorms will be available for students in the Fall of 2006, which is very, very fast, but the way things are projected we think we'll meet those schedules."

Interim president Dr. Julius Scott says ASU is also working on several grant proposals and has plans to expand course offerings in the next couple of years.

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