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Mixed feelings over AUM new dormitory

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

$30-million dollars.  45,000 square feet. The landscape at Auburn University Montgomery is changing by the day.

In a year and a half, administrators hope 300 more students grace the campus all thanks to one new building.

"That bottom piece, that 2-story part will kinda embrace this oak tree over here," says AUM Chancellor, John Veres.

A pile of dirt is about the only sign of construction for a new 300-bed student dormitory slated for the spot between AUM's North Commons dormitory and the university's main entrance. 

"The longest wing will proceed parallel to Taylor Road here," adds Veres.              

Right now there are nearly 700 students living on campus. Veres admits the only way to keep growing is to keep students coming—by offering them a place to live.

 "To interest more out of state students, more international students to come here."

One of the things administrators want to accomplish with the new dorm building is to make the area more inviting. They're getting rid of a road that runs through the middle of the construction site to create more of a pedestrian friendly atmosphere—a place they hope students will want to call home.

"You encounter people.  People can be even more friendly," says Italian student Phillep Hill in regards to the green space addition.

Hill believes the idea will work to attract more international students like him.

But green space or not, some students don't think a dorm is what AUM needs.

"We have enough as it is.  We already have two different ones.  So…adding a third one, it wouldn't really do that much in my opinion," says Rachael Bush.

Veres says the building pays for itself since student room and board fees would cover the bond used for construction costs.

Veres believes construction should begin within 3 months. The dorm is expected to be complete by fall semester 2013.

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