Winona State University will begin design work this year on its proposed Education Village after receiving $5,900,000 in the state bonding bill this spring.
WSU President Scott Olson told a Winona Radio audience the money will also allow for renovations begin to three different buildings on Lafayette Street that will form the education facilities.
Olson said the university will be back at the legislature next year seeking the remaining funds for the 22-million dollar proposal. He said phase two of the project would be the actual construction.
While the next full bonding session will be in 2016, the legislature usually considers a supplemental bonding bill in the off years, so it's possible the university could get the remaining funds in 2015.