- Associated Press - Saturday, October 15, 2016

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A nearly 50-year-old high-rise dormitory at the University of Georgia is getting a makeover.

The University System of Georgia Board of Regents on Wednesday approved the renovation of Russell Hall.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2dElNJi ) the regents approved a plan allowing the university to use reserve funds from University Housing, an auxiliary UGA enterprise, to spend up to $44.5 million to update the 970-bed dorm.

The renovation is the result of a master plan for the school’s residence halls. UGA determined renovation of Russell Hall was more cost-effective than new construction.

Three years ago, the university opened a new 261-bed Rutherford Hall dormitory after demolishing the previous one, which had stood on UGA’s South Campus since 1939. It has 80,000 more square feet than the original facility.

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Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, http://www.onlineathens.com

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