Eastern State Hospital Likely Moving

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A new proposal could mean big changes for the property now occupied by Lexington's Eastern State Hospital.

Eastern State is a historic facility. It was first organized in 1817. It's the second-oldest facility of its kind in the country.

But now, plans are in place to build a new Eastern State Hospital at the University of Kentucky's Coldstream Research Campus, off Newtown Pike near the interstate.

That would make way for the Bluegrass Technical College Campus to move to the hospital's old location at Newtown Pike and Fourth Street.

Gov. Steve Beshear made an appearance in Lexington Tuesday to push along the project.

Plans have been set for months and those plans received a shot in the arm Tuesday when the Urban County Council agreed to move forward with the proposal..

UK would get BCTC's old buildings on Cooper Drive as well as the additional parking.

The total project cost is around $130 million.

It will go in front of the council for a first reading on Thursday, and it will likely be given final approval next month.

Construction could begin in the spring of 2010 and could be completed by the summer of 2012.

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