NASHVILLE -- Gov. Bill Haslam's proposed 2016-17 budget calls for $35.9 million in spending to put UTC's old Lupton Library to new uses as well as well as renovate portions of the Chattanooga university's Fine Arts Center.
The project is among dozens the Republican governor wants to fund through use of $581.6 million from an estimated $850 million surplus of one-time money from Fiscal Year 2015, which ended June 30, as well as projected surpluses in the current 2016 budget.
Haslam's total proposal envisions at $34.8 billion budget for the fiscal year startingJuly 1.
In regard to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Haslam's budget specifically provides $28.43 million project, which would create a "student success center" in the former Vine Street library as well as new classrooms and other space.
Another $7.47 million would come from "other" sources believed to be from the UC Foundation.
The UTC project also includes improvement to the Fine Arts Center, located at the corner of Vine and Palmetto streets, which houses the 505-seat Roland W. Hayes Concert Hall, the 322-seat Dorothy Hackett Ward Theater and the George Ayers Cress Gallery of Art.
Last year, a UTC spokesman said that project would include technology and equipment upgrades for some of the staging areas and include areas like sound, lighting and electrical.