Truman construction proceeding on schedule

  • By Peter Sachs
  • Staff Writer
  • February 10, 2009 @ 12:00 PM

Construction of the new student center and parking garage at Truman College in Uptown is unlikely to be delayed by a temporary shortfall in state funding, officials say.

While City Colleges of Chicago administrators had feared last week they would have to come up with $500,000 to pay late bills that a state agency couldn’t afford, that agency now says it will have the money to pay those bills in the next two weeks.

The state’s Capital Development Board coordinates the funding for many public projects, including the new facilities at Truman.

“We plan to sell bonds, which will in turn give us the funding to pay the contractors,” says Januari Smith, the board’s spokeswoman.

The board has committed to pitching in about $14.7 million toward the $55 million project. Part of that money has already been spent, and the rest of that state funding isn’t in jeopardy, Smith says.

Clifton Daniel, the spokesman for Truman College, says construction is proceeding on schedule, even though it doesn’t appear to the passerby that much work is being done.

“As far as we know we’re on track,” Daniel says.

Most of the construction so far has involved installing water and sewer lines, as well as grading the area, which used to be a parking lot. Work on the foundation for the facilities is slated to start later this month, Daniel says.

The college is posting regular construction updates for students and nearby residents on its Web site.

Daily News Staff Writer Peter Sachs covers higher education.