UofL opens downtown research building

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by Associated Press

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Posted on October 23, 2013 at 2:17 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The University of Louisville has opened a downtown building that's expected to become a research hub for the region.
 
   UofL officials say the eight-story, $20 million building is the first of what they hope will be a cluster of buildings at the downtown research park.
 
   The development has been talked about for a decade and is spearheaded by the UofL Foundation, the school's fundraising arm.
 
   Gov. Steve Beshear said Wednesday the new research park will be a key driver in Louisville's transformation into a research hub.
 
   The project was delayed by the economic downturn.
 
   UofL President James Ramsey says tenants have agreed to leases for all but 3,000 square feet of the 200,000-square foot building. The lead tenant is Atria Senior Living, one of the country's largest operators of senior housing.

   AP-WF-10-23-13 1637GMT

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