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March 23, 2006
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Joint Capital Outlay Subcommittee gives EMU approval for Downing Hall renovations

YPSILANTI — Eastern Michigan University has received approval from the state’s Joint Capital Outlay Subcommittee (JCOS) to move forward with the renovation of Downing Hall.

“We’re delighted that, after reviewing our funding and the plans, JCOS has approved EMU’s Downing project,” said Dr. John Fallon, president of EMU. “This project will have a tremendous impact on our housing inventory and provide a wonderful living and learning environment for our students. We hope to return to the committee soon for the Pray-Harrold project, once funding is approved by the state,” Fallon said.

The plan for Downing includes renovating rooms, bathrooms, the lobby and common areas; adding new furniture, carpet and a new fire alarm and suppression system.

Downing was built in 1957 at a cost of $1,167,800. It is named for E. Estelle Downing, a professor and head of the English department at EMU from 1898-1937.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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