Gov. Deal calls for funding medical commons at Georgia Health Sciences University

Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 8:44 PM
Last updated Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012 11:38 AM
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.ATLANTA — Funding for construction of a medical commons building at Georgia Health Sciences University is included in Gov. Nathan Deal’s spending recommendations released Wednesday.
Deal is seeking $28 million in bond funding for the Education Commons Building, which will cost $55 million.
The medical commons building will provide classroom and meeting space for both the medical and dental schools. Deal proposes issuing 20-year bonds to fund the project as part of his proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins in July.
With about $30 million to $35 million altogether in state funding, the university will stay have to raise about $15 million to complete the building, GHSU President Ricardo Azziz said in September after the funding was recommended by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents. It will be built adjacent to the new College of Dental Medicine building on the former site of Gilbert Manor public housing area.
General Assembly budget writers begin reviewing Deal’s recommendations next week, but they usually don’t complete consideration of the budget until the final day of the legislative session.

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raul
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raul 01/11/12 - 10:58 pm
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Countyman where will the

Countyman where will the medical commons building be built?

Jilly Bean
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Jilly Bean 01/11/12 - 11:50 pm
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I love this. It is great news

I love this. It is great news for the entire community and downtown.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 01/12/12 - 12:16 am
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raul: it will be built right
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raul: it will be built right next to the new dental school.

Common.sense
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Common.sense 01/12/12 - 01:11 am
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Why can't GHSU fund their own

Why can't GHSU fund their own commons if they want one built?

countyman
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countyman 01/12/12 - 02:39 am
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Raul.. Adjacent to the new

Raul.. Adjacent to the new dental school in the Medical District.. $5 million is going towards improving the Cancer Center, and now the Medical Commons is coming soon.. Is $28 million a misprint??

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Riverman1 01/12/12 - 06:07 am
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Yeah, I thought the Commons

Yeah, I thought the Commons Bldg would cost more than $28 million, too.

Common Sense, maybe it's because GHSU is a state institution? Heh.

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TrukinRanger 01/12/12 - 07:52 am
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Don't worry... it'll be over
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Don't worry... it'll be over $28 million before it's over with...

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/12/12 - 09:16 am
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Once they put a building on

Once they put a building on that land, it will no longer be a “commons.” Oooooh; this would be a good time to include closing Laney-Walker Boulevard running through the campus. The local NAACP will not be able to thwart the state government the way they were able to thwart Azziz.

GuesS_wHU
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GuesS_wHU 01/12/12 - 10:06 am
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Jilly Bean wrote "I love

Jilly Bean wrote "I love this. It is great news for the entire community and downtown."

Can you please explain what this building will do for the community and downtown?

I would also like to know what 5$million dollars is going to do to improve the cancer center. It's pretty much brand new.

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REDRIDER 01/12/12 - 11:49 am
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Connects to the new College

Connects to the new College of Dental Medicine.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/12/12 - 12:18 pm
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Connects what to the new

Connects what to the new College of Dental Medicine?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/12/12 - 12:24 pm
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By the way, I was watching

By the way, I was watching Channel 6 news last night when they were talking about the new university. The videocameraman was at Gazoo and they showed some casual campus footage. One clip showed where the school had set up some chain barriers to prevent the students from jay-walking across Laney-Walker Boulevard on campus. The hilarious thing was that the cameraman caught two students, a man and woman walking together, ducking under the chain and jay-walking anyway. It was a hoot.

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countyman 01/12/12 - 12:51 pm
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The Medical Commons will

The Medical Commons will bring thousands of people into the Medical District.. The facility will allow GHSU to attract additional students and faculty.. Several medical students tell mea when it comes to finding housing.. Plenty of them want to live in the CBD, Olde Town, or msybe Harrisburg and Laney Walker in the future.. The problem is there wasn't enough housing to choose from in recent years.. That's changing due to all the residential construction coming/underway.. They won't have to live in Summerville, because projects like the Lofts at Marbury will break ground in the CBD..

Cities the size of Augusta aren't building $55 million projects all the time.. The $5 million is probably for research at the Cancer Center, instead of actual construction.

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