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KU drops bonding request for athlete dorms

 Tim Caboni, KU Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs

Tim Caboni, KU Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs

Lawrence, Kan (AP) — The University of Kansas is dropping a request before the state Legislature for bonding authority to build upscale apartments that would house basketball players and other students.

University spokesman Tim Caboni said Tuesday the decision to withdraw the bonding proposal came after a House committee rejected it last week.

The university was seeking bonding authority for $17.5 million to help build apartments near Allen Fieldhouse that would house 66 students. Thirty-two of the apartments would be for men’s and women’s basketball players.

Some members of the House Education Budget Committee last week called the project extravagant and suggested the school’s athletic boosters could help build it.

Caboni told The Lawrence Journal-World the university will explore other options to complete the apartment project, but he didn’t provide any details.

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