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HOUSING UPGRADES SET FOR UB, FREDONIA STATE

Nine buildings at Fredonia State College and the Governor's Complex at the University at Buffalo will undergo major housing upgrades, thanks to $9.1 million approved for the projects Tuesday by the State University of New York board of trustees.

A total of $5.3 million in matching funds will go toward a 160-bedroom, air-conditioned addition to Cranston Dining Hall at Fredonia State, complete with one bathroom for every two new bedrooms, and a new and expanded campus bookstore at the hall.

An additional $2 million will also go to Fredonia State, for rehabilitation of the college's Kirkland and Andrews complexes, which comprise eight residence halls, each housing 200 students.

UB will receive $1.8 million toward a new roof and other improvements at the Governor's Complex, four buildings that house more than 700 students and are the oldest structures on the university's North Campus in Amherst. The complex includes a computer library and dining hall.

In all, $49 million was approved by the SUNY trustees Tuesday for residence hall construction on eight state campuses. The funds represent only part of SUNY's five-year, $2 billion capital plan for student housing.

"Upgrading residence halls is one of the most important things we can do to enhance the quality of the college experience for students at all of our campuses," said SUNY's new chancellor, Robert L. King.

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