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Major project could finally move forward at ASU

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By Len Kiese - bio | email

August 20, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Despite state budget problems, a major project at Albany State University may finally move forward.

On Wednesday, the Board of Regents approved money for the Ray Charles Fine Arts Center that state lawmakers cut last year. The Regents passed a proposed $2.45-billion budget for the University System.

It includes $1.8-million for the Ray Charles Center at ASU.

"We're back in the budget cycle, back on the Governor's agenda. We're back to the legislature so we will be getting, assuming everything goes through this time, we will be getting the approval to go ahead and start the design of Ray Charles," said ASU Vice-President, Office of Fiscal Affairs Larry Wakefield.

Right now, school leaders say Fine Arts majors deal with crowded conditions. The new center will have more space and sound-proof rooms for music students.

The Regents budget also includes $1.6-million for Darton College to buy property to expand.

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