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Two major construction projects get green light at FAMU

Posted at 6:21 PM, Dec 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-05 18:21:16-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — It's an exciting time for Florida A&M University as two major construction projects get the green light.

FAMU Board of Trustees says yes to additional money to complete a 700-bed residence hall for students.

"It is moving forward as planned and on time, but what we will do to insure that, is that these monthly meetings will include a cross section of folks - as well as the members of the committee and we will go through in detail, what's been spent, what will be spent," said Kelvin Lawson, Board of Trustees Chair at FAMU.

FAMU hopes the new North and South Tower and dining hall complex on the southside of campus will entice upperclassmen to live back on campus, something the university hopes will help students stay on track academically.

Another project approved, a new $3 million amphitheater to be completed next spring, south of Lee Hall.

"We got full resolution on the needed funding to finish off the amphitheater," said Lawson.

This after a family, yet to be revealed, donated $500,000 toward the project, which will be named after them. Something FAMU says is history making.

"We are so excited because this is the first donation based naming here at the university," said Shawnta Friday-Stroud, V.P. of University Advancement at FAMU.

The new amphitheater will be used for things like concerts and student organization events.

In all, the new residence and dining hall are expected to cost the university about $49 million.