Kansas Memorial Union proposes $45M renovation

KU Campus (KSN File Photo)

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – The University of Kansas Memorial Union is proposing a $45 million renovation, and asking for a fee increase.

Kansas students will vote this spring on whether to add the 30-year $50 per semester student fee to pay for the union renovations. Union leaders say the work is needed to upgrade aging mechanical systems and improve the union’s studying, dining and community spaces.

Lisa Kring, director of building and event services for the Memorial Union, said the building has nearly 2 million visitors a year.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports the Student Senate recommends most annual student fees on its own, but decided to put the union matter to a campus-wide referendum.

Student Body President Stephonn Alcorn says neither he nor the Student Senate has an official position on the proposal.