UMass Dartmouth breaks ground on $134M student housing, dining complex

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UMass Dartmouth broke ground on a major project Friday.

Work began on new residence halls, a dining facility, and classroom space.

The state university said the $134 million project will not use taxpayer money.

Instead, a private company will build and run the operation.

The dorms will replace ones that were built more than 40 years ago.

“The success rates of our students, retention rates, graduation rates are tied to our ability to have world class academic programming and world class housing and that’s exactly what this project is all about,” UMass President Marty Meehan said.

The new buildings are scheduled to open in the fall of 2020, with the university noting that the complex will create 150 construction jobs.

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