Stimulus Money is Bringing Deserted FAMU Dorm Back to Life

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Once filled with hundreds of college students, Sampson Young Hall on FAMU's campus has been deserted and run down for seven years.

That's all about to change thanks to a 700 thousand dollar grant from the U.S. department of the interior, which is specifically for the renovation of residents halls on HCBU campuses.

It's a small start to the 6 million dollars needed for the renovations.

"As we grow our student body we have a plan to increase the availability of housing on campus and so stimulus money that is available from the federal government are helping us to implement out plan, says Dr. Larry Robinson, vice president of research at FAMU.

While the renovations will help the school avoid another waiting list, students say staying on campus freshman year helps you adjust to college life.

"You get to meet a lot of new people and you get to experience the real college life, so I think it's good they're getting renovated," says Dominique Louis, a FAMU freshman.

"If they do renovate it it will give people a place to stay and time to see and experience the whole college experience," says Shanice Deterville, also a freshman at FAMU.

The building will remain an all male dorm. Renovations include access for disabled students as well as energy efficient renovations.

The school also has a vacant 800 bed facility on campus, but no word yet on renovations there.

The design stage for Sampson Young Hall will begin in a few months, and the renovation project will kick off from there.

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