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Florida Poly tries to revive public/private dorm deal

A concept that would have helped Florida Polytechnic University build its first dorm at little-to-no cost has been revived, according to the Tampa Tribune.

The state's newest university has no students yet and few structures on its Lakeland campus, aside from its flagship academic building.  But the law that gave the institution independence from the USF system also requires at least one dorm by the time it opens in Fall 2014.

In March, 10 News reported the controversial legislation and expedited timetable would delay accreditation and threatened numerous funding issues, including a public-private dorm endeavor.

However, the Tribune indicated a privately-built dorm that would be repaid with students' rent is back in the picture, with  developer Vestcor Cos. getting behind the $12 million, 200-bed project.

University officials have been pleased with robust interest in the school so far and remain confident they can remain on-schedule for a Fall 2014 opening.


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