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Bill provides $17.7M for fine arts building and library at ABAC

This is the design for the new Carlton center. (Source: ABAC) This is the design for the new Carlton center. (Source: ABAC)
This is what the new Fine Arts Building will look like. (Soure: ABAC) This is what the new Fine Arts Building will look like. (Soure: ABAC)
Melvin Merrill is the Director of Capital Planning at ABAC. (Source: WALB) Melvin Merrill is the Director of Capital Planning at ABAC. (Source: WALB)
TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

Governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 684 that provides $17.7 million for a new fine arts building and rehabilitation of the Carlton Library at Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College.

ABAC representatives said they are excited to see their campus evolving.

Some parts of the library simply aren't used, and they say there is plenty of space for the fine arts building. 

The new library will contain the office of the dean of students, student government offices, reading and study areas, and more. 

The current building is over 30 years old. 

The Director of Capital Planning at ABAC said these changes have been needed for a while. 

"Today you have a smaller need for a library because of technology," said Melvin Merrill the Director of Capital Planning at ABAC. "And we need a place to bring students and have all of our student events centrally located. I don't mean events, I mean service to students."

ABAC has never had a fine arts building. 

The building will be on the south end of the ABAC Circle, covering 24,000 square feet. 

They plan for the building to look just like the other buildings in the ABAC Circle. 

Right now, the school is in the design phase.

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