Will revitalize campus core
RICHMOND, Ky. (March 18, 2015) — A proposed Center for Student Life (CSL) at Eastern Kentucky University will transform the student experience by revitalizing the core of the Richmond campus.
The $150-per-semester student fee, which will remain in place for the next 20 years, will fund two cornerstones of CSL: a much larger recreation center and a renovated student union.
Initial design work and project cost estimates for CSL are expected to be completed by October. EKU officials anticipate the final agency bond amount will be submitted to the CPE and Finance Cabinet this December for inclusion in the 2016 budget request and will then seek General Assembly approval next year to begin the project.
Other components of CSL, to be funded by a combination of public-private partnerships, private funds and the university, are expected to include:
- New residence halls
- New dining-only facility
- Multi-level parking garage
- The Noel Reading Porch on the south side of Crabbe Library and an adjacent pedestrian plaza between the Library and the Weaver Building
- Carloftis Garden (at the former site of the Martin Hall tennis courts)
- Lancaster Avenue pedestrian gateway at the site of the now-demolished Combs residence hall