LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Changes are coming to the heart of University of Louisville's campus. A new deal will allow for upgrades to student housing and renovations for a popular Olmsted-designed park.
"It's really a unique way to do two things, get some brand-new student housing on UofL's campus and restore a park to its beautiful idea that Frederick Olmsted came up with at the turn of the century," UofL spokesman Marc Hebert said Wednesday.
There will be seven acres of waterfalls, trails and a new canopy as part of the new master plan.
A group of dorms located right next to the park will be turned over to a private developer. They'll keep the rent money, but help pay for the park.
"We were looking for some way to come up with an alternative to federal funding or state funding that we just couldn't get to restore this park," Hebert said.
Some hope the upgrade will do something more, like ease their safety concerns.
"I really don't come over here, on this side unless I have to," UofL student Kristin Plunktt said. "And if it is, its during the daytime."
While the plans for the park were sketched 215 years ago, the plans for what the developer will do with the dorms is still up in the air. The project is slated for August 2015.
"We have some time to figure out, do we want to tear down these old dormitories, do we want to re-purpose them, keep them student housing, make them offices, what do we want to do with them," Hebert said.
The amount of money both UofL and the developers have to put in is still in the air. There's no exact figure yet for how much the park restoration is going to cost.
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