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K-State students pass Union expansion

By The Mercury

The K-State Student Union will get a new look after overwhelming support shown through a student vote.

Of 3,351 votes cast this week, 74.9 percent approved a $25 million plan to renovate and expand the union. The vote took place Wednesday and Thursday.

The plan includes new southwest and east entrances, a central elevator serving all floors on the southwest side, and the addressing of structural issues such as the roof, windows and asbestos.

The expansion would occur on the union’s east side to increase space for students, including study areas, meeting spaces, student organization offices and recreational areas.

The project will be paid off through a $20 increase in the student privilege fee beginning in the fall 2014 semester, and will be in effect for 30 years.

Construction could begin in the summer of 2014. It will happen in phases, and a timeline for completion will be based on the architect’s final plans.

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