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Claflin aims for a new student center in 2023

The center hopes to include new restaurants, a movie theatre, an arcade and other amenities.

ORANGEBURG, SC — Claflin University is working to fill some of the voids of things to do in Orangeburg.

“When you can’t afford to keep your mind active and things at bay, that’s why a lot of trouble tends to happen when there’s nothing you can do for the excitement” , said Allen Frazier, resident of Orangeburg.

The school plans to build a brand new three-story student center that will be open to the community.

“Our center will house equipment that is not in Orangeburg,” explained Tijuana Hudson, Claflin’s vice president of tax affairs. “We’re going to have an 800-person ballroom. There’s no other venue in Orangeburg County that can do that.”

The installation is expected to cost around $20 million, with Claflin officials expecting to partner with funding.

They hope to include new restaurants, a movie theatre, an arcade and other amenities.

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“Everything we did was intentional to make sure the community wanted me to fundamentally deserve it. It’s not just for the students; we could have put it on our campus, but we think the community deserves it too. “, explained Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack.

The project is in its early stages but is expected to be completed in 2023. Orangeburg resident Allen Fraizer says the facility will keep more people on site.

“For Claflin to do this, especially since it’s an HBCU, and bring things to the community says a lot,” Frazier said.

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