The board that oversees the University System of Georgia gave its approval for a $4.75 million building in Hinesville -- funded mostly by that city -- where Armstrong Atlantic State University will offer programs to soldiers at Fort Stewart. School officials say a larger, more modern building is needed to replace classrooms located a shabby, strip shopping center.
The building is an effort to enhance the services to the military as part of the governor's program to increase the number of college graduates in the work force. The board also authorized a $10 million in Warner Robins to serve members of the Air Force stationed there.
For Savannah State University, the board approved the purchase for $396,000 of a building and 6 acres that had been the site of the Savannah Italian Club on Livingston Avenue. The price was based on three commercial appraisals.
There's a 20-year-old, 4,800-square-foot wooden building on the property that includes a bar, kitchen and ballroom. The property includes a large parking lot, a deck and nearly 3 acres of marsh on the Herb River. The school will spend roughly $250,000 to renovate and equip it.
And the Georgia Institute of Technology got the OK to restructure the rent it pays for a building in Savannah. The new deal will save $962,000, according to University System estimates.