Buffalo State College will receive a quarter-million dollars in state money to jump-start a multimillion-dollar renovation of the campus student center, the latest big-ticket project being planned by the college.
The $250,000 grant is discretionary money from the State University of New York construction fund and was secured by Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, D-Buffalo.
Student government representatives last year approached Hoyt -- an alumnus of Buffalo State -- for help in finding money to renovate the Campbell Student Union, a project that was on the back burner for several years. Except for the addition of a $4 million bookstore to the student union in 2001, the center has not undergone substantial renovations since it was completed in 1952.
"We just want to bring up to date the furniture, the space, the technology and, most of all, the dining services," said Matthew Levin-Stankevich, president of United Students Government at the college.
The college will redirect $3.7 million in capital funds it already has received to fund the bulk of the student union project, said Buffalo State President Muriel A. Howard. The project will include improvements to the first-floor kitchen and dining areas and the second-floor social area.
School officials hope to start renovations this summer and complete them next school year.