FDTC looks to expand

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - School leaders at Florence Darlington Technical College are looking to spend millions of dollars to improve roads, add new buildings and create more parking on the school's Florence Campus.

"Hopefully early 2015, we will be ready for a ground-breaking," said Dr. Ben Dillard, President of Florence Darlington Technical College.

FDTC's master plan includes three phases that will be rolled out over several years.

Ben Dillard talked about  phase one of the project, he says it will bring the most notable changes to the campus.

"And it involves building a new academic building. It will have some of our student services in there, academic class rooms a media center," said Dillard.

And while that building will be added to the campus, two buildings will be demolished. They're being torn down because of their age, problems with their roofs and environmental issues which the school continually has to pay to repair.

But school leaders aren't just looking forward to new buildings.

"We're adding a street to the upper side of our campus," said Dillard.

The added road will help relieve some of the traffic congestion students face every day – and also help keep pedestrians safer.

"So we want to improve that part of our plan so that we don't have much interaction between our students and vehicles," said Dillard.

But before all those changes get started, school leaders have to find the funding.

"That's going to run us somewhere between 25 to 29 million dollars. We are beginning to look at how we are going to support that. We are working with a lot of community organizations."

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