BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A dormitory built and financed by an Anniston architect with ties to the former head of Alabama's two-year colleges would cost the state more than a typical dorm.
Under the deal approved in 2005 when Roy Johnson was still chancellor of the system, Lawson State Community would pay at least $8 million over 15 years for a dormitory owned by Weldon-LSDP, the development company of Julian Jenkins, The Birmingham News reported Monday.
Lawson State would have paid about $6.6 million had it managed the construction like a typical state building project.
Jenkins, of the Jenkins Munroe Jenkins architectural firm, has said he helped Johnson build his $1.3 million home in Opelika the same year the deal was completed. He said he waived payment by Johnson of the $35,000 fee until the house was sold.
Johnson was fired last year amid questions over system finances and the employment of his relatives at two-year schools. The president of Lawson State, Perry Ward, said he followed Johnson's advice when he made the deal with Jenkins' company for the dormitory.