LOUISVILLE (June 6) – Spalding University, in partnership with Louisville Gas and Electric Company, has begun construction on a new portion of the school’s greening initiative and campus expansion efforts.
The work will remove 2.2 acres of concrete and asphalt parking lots at 960 South Second Street near Kentucky Street and begin construction of, the tentatively named, Century Park. The green space will offer Spalding University students space for intramural sports and recreation while beautifying the South of Broadway neighborhood and diminishing the urban heat island effect in the area.
“Through partnerships with community stewards like LG&E, Spalding is able to expand its campus and opportunities for students while improving the quality of life of those in the neighborhood,” says Spalding University President Tori Murden McClure.
Groundbreaking began this week with completion expected by early fall.
“We’re proud to support initiatives like this that clearly benefit the environment and education,” said LG&E President and Chief Operating Officer Paul Thompson. “Partnering to transform this property accomplishes both of those goals and creates a more visually appealing space that the entire community can be proud of and enjoy.”
This project is part of Spalding’s ongoing expansion and greening efforts which also include Mother Catherine Spalding Square on Breckinridge Streets between Third and Fourth Streets and the acquisition of former industrial property on Ninth Street, which is the future home of Spalding’s Golden Eagles athletic program’s athletic fields.
Spalding also recently announced a verbal agreement has been reached with the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio to purchase the former Kroger property located at 924 South Second Street.