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FAMU Palmetto North units inspected and deemed safe

FAMU Palmetto North units inspected and deemed safe
FAMU Palmetto North units inspected and deemed safe
Posted at 4:51 PM, Aug 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-25 14:23:10-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - With classes starting Monday at Florida A&M University, the interim president says more than 100 units of a recently reopened housing complex are now safe for students to move into.

The university had to push back the process after several issues were discovered earlier this week at Palmetto North.

About 45 students had to be put up in hotels after mold and mildew were spotted in several units.

FAMU set a deadline of noon today to resolve all issues.

In a meeting with the media, Dr. Larry Robinson said 120 to 130 units have been inspected and deemed safe, but around 70 still are not ready.

"This wasn't FAMU's best day, but the opportunities for the students to come here and get a world-class education still was available, and we wanted to do everything we could to accommodate that," explained Dr. Robinson. 

He said he's apologized to the students and parents affected by the delays, adding reopening Palmetto North became a necessity to provide more on-campus housing for new and incoming students.

Palmetto North had been closed since 2014.

Dr. Robinson said the university will have a facility ready by noon on Saturday to house students who's units still have not been cleaned.