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UK announces plans for Kirwan-Blanding Complex demolition

Posted at 1:28 PM, Dec 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-06 14:46:51-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The University of Kentucky has announced that they will demolish the Kirwan-Blanding Complex, a campus icon that has been unoccupied for years.

The two twin 23-story buildings and low-rise residence halls that surround the towers will be demolished in 2020. Demolition of the complex couldn't begin until the completion of a project rerouting underground utilities that serve the south campus.

The buildings will not be imploded, officials say. The university will take proposals to find the best way to take the buildings down.

In its place is going to be a new "green space," that is going to be several acres and larger than a soccer field. The famous trees that line the walkway to the complex, will be preserved.

“The proposed transformation of the Kirwan-Blanding site is a win for everyone. It’s a win for our students, as we continue to put their success first by constructing living and learning space that supports their academic, emotional and physical health — and gives them a sense of belonging,” said UK Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Eric N. Monday.