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Averett GPS to Move into Historic Tobacco District

January 6, 2010

Averett University and the Danville Regional Foundation aim to be the first new occupants of a historic building on Bridge Street, in Danville's Tobacco Warehouse District. Utilizing funds provided by a bond through the Industrial Development Authority (IDA), Averett will transform part of the former Dimon headquarters building into a new home for Averett's Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) Program in Danville. Taking part in repurposing the Tobacco Warehouse District reflects Averett's goal to play an active role in contributing to the economic vitality of Danville and southern Virginia.

While logistical details and final leasing documents are still in process, August is Averett's targeted move date, said Charles Harris, executive vice president.

"The building is in good shape and has a large amount of excess space that could accommodate future growth," Harris said, noting that this was one of the strong points of the facility. "However, the space needs some attention and refitting to meet our needs."

Averett and the Danville Regional Foundation currently plan to use slightly more than a quarter of the space in the former Dimon building.

"The move of Averett University's Graduate and Professional Studies Program to the Historic Tobacco District will not only provide much needed space for the growing program, it will also provide a wonderful opportunity for our adult learners, staff and faculty in this region to be in a learning environment much like those we have at our other campuses across the Commonwealth," said Kendall Carter, interim dean of the program.