Reitz Union Expansion Plan Moving Forward
It's a story that's developed for the past five years. That's how long plans have been on the drawing board to renovate the University of Florida's Reitz Student Union. Now the 75-million dollar expansion project is ready to go. It may be a hefty price tag, but financial planning has made what administrators once called a dream, a reality. UF Biology Senior Ghensey Antoine, says he's not sure about the project,
"I don't think they should necessarily add to our tuition because it's already as high as it is." This week the State University System Board of Governors this week approved a 50-million dollar bond funding package that will make the student union expansion possible.
The Board also approved a Capital Improvement Trust Fund Increase of 2-dollars per credit hour at 9 state universities.
The decision marks the first increase to the CITF by the Board of Governors in 30 years. UF Vice President of Student Affairs Dave Kratzer says,
"When students look at their fee list, there's always been a CITF fee listed and that money goes to build buildings on the campus and up until now it's always been buildings that are not part of the academic mission but really are the buildings that support students and their activities."
The student fee increase to the CITF will take effect at UF this fall.
Total reconstruction time of the Student Union is expected to take two years.
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