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Valley gets approval to renovate long-vacant dorm

MVSU VS LogoITTA BENA — Mississippi Valley State University expects to spend $4.75 million to renovate a dormitory that’s been vacant for 10 years.

The College Board approved the university’s overall plan for work on College Hall.

A fire on the Itta Bena campus damaged the 170-bed men’s residence hall in 2004, leading Valley to stop using the building. The university put a new roof on College Hall in 2009, but otherwise, hasn’t done any major renovations since it was built in 1964.

Plans calls for replacing interiors, plus adding energy efficient equipment, an elevator, a generator, new signs, sidewalks and exterior lighting.

Though enrollment has been falling, Valley has a campus housing shortage because empty dorms need renovation. It’s paying to house upperclassmen in two off-campus motels in Greenwood this year.

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