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University administrators approve 580-bed residence hall and student center for USM

ORONO — The University of Maine System Board of Trustees on Wednesday gave the green light to an affordable 580-bed student residence project in Portland Commons for the University of Southern Maine.

The $99.4 million project is one of several housing initiatives to bring nearly 1,000 residence beds to campuses in Portland, Près Isle and Farmington by 2023.

USM President Glenn Cummings said the new accommodation solves a major hurdle for students.

“The cost and scarcity of housing in Portland puts USM and Maine law students in competition with area residents for housing and creates a huge barrier to student success,” he said. declared.

Trustees also approved $26.6 million for USM’s Career and Student Success Center, including $19 million from a 2018 Workforce Development Bond Package that been authorized by the voters.

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