Florida Poly to Seek State Money to Complete First Building

By: Jim Turner | Posted: February 16, 2013 3:55 AM
Florida Polytechnic University Concept

Artist rendering of Architect Santiago Calatrava's Florida Polytechnic University design.

Florida Polytechnic University, the legacy of Senate Budget Chairman JD Alexander, is already asking for its first increase in state funding.

The Lakeland Ledger is reporting that the board of trustees for the school created last year by the Legislature intends to ask for about $25 million in state funds to complete construction on the Lakeland campus’ first building.

“The budget for the first building was planned for about $100 million, and that has not gone over budget, said Ava Parker, the school's chief operating officer,” the Ledger reports.

University leaders want to use money already designated for the campus, about $22 million, to help recruit new students, with the prospects of attracting the first class in 2014, the Ledger reports.

School officials note the building was already under construction when legislators agreed to split off the University of South Florida’s Lakeland campus into an independent university.

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Reach Jim Turner at jturner@sunshinestatenews.com or at (772) 215-9889.

Comments (3)

7:35AM FEB 20TH 2013
let rick scott pay for this mess.
10:27PM FEB 16TH 2013
After promising to not need any additional funds, to ask for an additional $25 million the first year . . . . time to terminate this turkey . . . .

Pathetic . . .
10:07AM FEB 16TH 2013
JD Alexander needs to pay for it out of his own pocket or the Repugnits that voted for it can contribute from their committees of continuing existence.

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