UK trustees approve plan to raze campus buildings

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Associated Press

Posted on February 1, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 1 at 7:02 PM

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees has voted in favor of a plan to raze five buildings on campus to make way for two new residence halls.

The two new dorms at the corner of Limestone and Avenue of Champions are expected to cost $84 million.

The trustees on Friday heard a plea by the Blue Grass Trust preservation group to consider saving three of the buildings slated for demolition.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports (http://bit.ly/1ijW2us ) two of the buildings were designed by architect Ernst Johnson, and the third, Hamilton House, is an Italianate former residence built in 1880.

UK officials said they spent a year talking with the community about the plan.

The new dorms, Limestone Park I and II, will house 1,141 students when they open in 2016.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

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