And for CSU, $95 million in capitol funds

HARTFORD — While an ambitious $1.5 billion “Next Generation Connecticut” plan to support major expansion across three University of Connecticut campuses makes its way through the legislative process  (it is in the finance committee at the moment ) a “CSUS 2020” effort to modernize the Connecticut State University system received a $95 million bonding boost.

 Gov. Dannel Malloy’s office announced Tuesday the approval of funds that includes funds for 2014 infrastructure improvements, mechanical and electrical upgrades, renovation and equipment, code compliance, and new construction that will replace antiquated or inadequate facilities.

 Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic is the biggest winner in the effort that began in 2009. It will get $71.5 million to build a fine arts instructional center. It also will get $2.5 million for Goddard Hall renovation designs and $1 million for code compliance improvements.

Western Connecticut State University in Danbury will get $4.6 million to equip a new visual fine arts instructional which is under construction this year. It also will get $2.9 million to design renovations to Higgins Hall, an academic building, and $4.2 million for a new university police department and $1 million in code improvements.

 Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven and Central Connecticut State University in New Britain will both get $1 million for code improvements. The system as a whole will get $5 million for alterations and improvements to auxiliary service projects.

Linda Lambeck