U.K. Board of Trustees approves plan for new residence halls

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A plan to bring more residence hall space at the University of Kentucky is moving forward.

Friday the Board of Trustees approved the $83.9 million private investment to build two new residence halls by the fall of 2016.

"With our board's leadership and vision, we are continuing the revitalization of a campus that will have among the best, most technologically infused living and learning spaces in the country," Capilouto said. "We also are creating a campus more closely linked to a resurgent downtown that is becoming a destination place for our community. Together, we are a university city that grows best when we grow together, something we have committed to now and for the future."

"This housing revitalization continues to fulfill the vision and direction we set out more than two years ago with President Capilouto," said Britt Brockman, chairman of the UK Board of Trustees. "We want to be, and we will be, one of the thriving, public residential campuses in America that is helping produce tomorrow's leaders for our state and our world. Today's announcement is another, critical step in that process."

The multi-million dollar investment for Limestone Park I and II would open in the fall of 2016 on the north campus. The new dorms would create 1,141 new residence hall beds.

U.K. is partnering with EdR for the project.

To complete the project several other dorms will be demolished, including Boyd, Holmes, Jewell, Keeneland Halls and the Hamilton House.

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