University of Kentucky high-rise dormitories to be vacated

University of Kentucky high-rise dormitories to be vacated

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Two 23-story dormitory towers on the University of Kentucky campus will be empty for this fall semester as the school decides what to do with them.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports ( ) the university is planning to either renovate or raze the Kirwan and Blanding towers. Closing those residence halls means the number of low-cost housing options for students will be reduced.

The administration has not decided on a long-term plan for the towers. A university spokesman says demolishing or renovating them would cost more than $10 million.

The towers and a surrounding complex of low-rise housing are the only remaining dorms, aside from Greek housing and UK-operated apartments, that cost less than $3,000 per semester.

Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,

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