Knoxville (AP) -- University of Tennessee officials hope work can begin next year on the first residence hall built at the flagship campus since 1969.
Officials plan to ask the state to approve a proposed dormitory that could be located along Andy Holt Avenue. The plan would need to be in Governor Bredesen's proposed budget for 2007-08, which has not yet been completed.
The University would be authorized to hire an architect as early as July if the project is in the final budget approved by the general assembly.
The dorm would house between 600 and 700 students, and officials have tentatively planned for it to be built along Andy Holt Avenue near Frances Street and the Presidential Courtyard area.
A new dorm would be critical to help UT President John Petersen's plan to increase enrollment by 8,000 students over the next several years.
The design phase could last about a year, and construction could begin as early as 2008.
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