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State gives KU authority to sell vacant Oldfather Studios

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Dylan Lysen | Lawrence Journal World

Oldfather StudiosOn Monday, Gov. Laura Kelly signed a budget bill that provides $18.3 billion of state government funding, including a $33 million increase of funding to higher education. Along with the budget, the bill included a provision giving KU the authority to sell Oldfather Studios, a building that formerly housed the university’s Film and Media Studies Department but that has been vacant since 2017.

The governor’s approval comes after the Kansas Board of Regents signed off in January on the university’s request to sell the building. Erinn Barcomb-Peterson, a spokeswoman for the university, said the provision gave KU the authority to sell it after July 1.

“It is likely to be a competitive process to sell (the property),” she said.

The two-story brick building, at 1621 W. Ninth St., features 18,000 square feet of space. While it was in use, it featured a sound stage, sound and editing suites, screening rooms and classrooms.

In a February letter sent to the House appropriations committee, KU’s chief financial officer Diane Goddard said the university was looking to... Read More

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