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

.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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