University of Kansas to raze and replace Burge Union

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – The University of Kansas plans to raze Burge Union and replace it with a new union by the fall of 2018.

The union project will be partially funded by a new student fee. The Lawrence Journal-World reports ( ) the Student Senate on Wednesday approved a fee to be charged beginning next year through 2048. The move extends the current Student Union Renovation Fee – which would have sunset in 2020 – and increases it from $13.80 to $18.70.

The fee will fund roughly two-thirds of the cost to rebuild the Burge Union and provide a revenue stream for several years.

The new building will be built close to the existing Burge Union. The estimated cost is $8 million to $10 million, although construction plans aren’t final.

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