- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) - Northern Illinois University plans to refurbish its half-century-old student center to improve visitors’ first impressions.

The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/1HoN8ag ) officials may present a renovation plan in December.

The Holmes Student Center is a three-story building at the center of campus with “grab-and-go” eateries, a student-run restaurant, ballroom and meeting rooms. It has a $43 million budget and makes money for the university.

The upgrade is part of a long-term plan to improve the central, or “core area” of Northern Illinois’ campus.

NIU trustee John Butler says the first phase of the Holmes project could cost $16 million to $20 million. He says funding would come from a 2010 bond sale that raised $110 million for remodeling dorms and student areas.

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Information from: The Daily Chronicle, https://www.daily-chronicle.com

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