New Eastern State Hospital Proposed In Lexington

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear is proposing a complicated land swap and financing deal involving the state, the University of Kentucky and city of Lexington to build a new $129 million mental health hospital.

Eastern State Hospital, which accepted its first patient in 1824, has become outdated and beyond renovation, Beshear said at a Capitol press conference Friday. Now, Beshear is proposing a new hospital be built on UK-owned land that would include residential and outpatient mental health services.

"This is a win for everybody," Beshear said. "Especially that population of Kentuckians in critical need of mental health services."

Mental health advocates have been pushing for a new Eastern State Hospital to replace the existing facility that the Kentucky General Assembly first authorized nearly four decades before the Civil War.

Beshear's proposal would lead to a new Eastern State hospital at UK's Coldstream Research Campus in Lexington. Meanwhile, the Bluegrass Community and Technical College would get a new classroom-laboratory building where the current hospital is located, and UK would get land currently occupied by the community

State legislators and members of the Lexington-Fayette Urban
County Government must still authorize the deal.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 3, 2008 at 09:40 AM
    I think it's terrible to expect the students that are attending BCTC to now move to a new location when they currently can use the dorms and other faculity's offered at UK if they stay in there present location. I guess the education and well being of students mean very little to this administration. If the hospital is in such terrible condition how can a college expect students to pay tuition to attend such a faculity. Why not build a new hospital on its present site and leave the college where it is located.In there present location students have access to dorms and apartments and are also included in most UK events. I feel like this move will cause a drastic decrease in enrollment for BCTC.
  • by Insider Location: Frankfort on Mar 1, 2008 at 11:20 AM
    The ESH location would make a great casino. Don't be suprised when it happens.
  • by bill Location: lexington on Mar 1, 2008 at 05:36 AM
    so its good enough to have college classes in but not good enough to house the mentally ill? i guess even people medicated beyond belief have there standards


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