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EKU housing units to be razed, rebuilt

Richmond, Ky. – Four EKU housing units are going to be razed, with three of the units being rebuilt,. The plan was announced at the EKU Board of Regents meeting.

Dupree, Martin and Todd residence halls and the 700 and 800 blocks of Brockton Family Housing are slated to be razed no sooner than spring 2016. An exact timeline for the demolition work has not yet been established.

New residence halls will be built on the sites of Dupree, Martin and Todd halls as part of the university’s ongoing campus revitalization efforts.

EKU officials said affected students would be accommodated in other university housing with minimal disruption.

“The design and layout of the buildings cannot be easily modified or renovated into a format currently in demand by students, and any expense to attempt to renovate these buildings would not be prudent,” said Vice President for Finance and Administration Barry Poynter. Dupree and Todd halls, which opened in 1964, are 11 stories and house approximately 340 students each. Martin Hall, which opened in 1962, is four stories and houses up to 400 students.

The Board of Regents also approved a new strategic plan for the university.

The plan, entitled “Make No Little Plans: A Vision for 2020,” focuses on six strategic goals: academic excellence, commitment to student success, institutional distinction, financial stability, campus revitalization and service to communities and region. Each goal is supported by several strategic initiatives.

Matt Roan, co-chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, said the plan is the “result of the collaborative efforts of many individuals. It represents shared governance at its finest.”