Seven acres of waterfalls included in new UofL deal - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Seven acres of waterfalls included in new UofL deal

A group of dorms located right next to the park will be turned over to a private developer. A group of dorms located right next to the park will be turned over to a private developer.
There will be seven acres of waterfalls, trails and a new canopy as part of the new master plan. There will be seven acres of waterfalls, trails and a new canopy as part of the new master plan.
UofL spokesman Marc Hebert UofL spokesman Marc Hebert
Kristin Plunktt Kristin Plunktt

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.

Copyright 2014 WAVE 3 News. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Hwy. 57 bridge may have to be replaced before it reopens

    Hwy. 57 bridge may have to be replaced before it reopens

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 12:53 PM EDT2017-09-19 16:53:33 GMT
    There appears to be a hole straight through the pavement on the roadway. (Photo source: WLOX)There appears to be a hole straight through the pavement on the roadway. (Photo source: WLOX)

    Officials with the Mississippi Department of Transportation said the damage is still being assessed, and it's possible the bridge will have to be replaced before it can reopen. 

    More >>

    Officials with the Mississippi Department of Transportation said the damage is still being assessed, and it's possible the bridge will have to be replaced before it can reopen. 

    More >>
  • Man in critical condition after overnight shooting in Moss Point

    Man in critical condition after overnight shooting in Moss Point

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 11:59 AM EDT2017-09-19 15:59:25 GMT
    (Photo source: File)(Photo source: File)

    A 28-year-old man is in critical condition after an overnight shooting in Moss Point. Police Chief Calvin Hutchins said the victim was shot inside his home on Tela Dr.

    More >>

    A 28-year-old man is in critical condition after an overnight shooting in Moss Point. Police Chief Calvin Hutchins said the victim was shot inside his home on Tela Dr.

    More >>
  • All clear at St. Martin Middle School after bomb threat

    All clear at St. Martin Middle School after bomb threat

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 10:17 AM EDT2017-09-19 14:17:44 GMT
    All clear after bomb threat at St. Martin Middle SchoolAll clear after bomb threat at St. Martin Middle School
    Authorities evacuated St. Martin Middle School Tuesday morning after a bomb threat. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said a threatening note was found at the school. Ezell said deputies checked the school and found nothing.  “We feel right now it is a prank. We went through the school and believe everything is OK,” Ezell told WLOX News Now. Jackson County Schools Superintendent Dr. Barry Amacker said the situation was resolved quickly. “The school took the n...More >>
    Authorities evacuated St. Martin Middle School Tuesday morning after a bomb threat. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said a threatening note was found at the school. Ezell said deputies checked the school and found nothing.  “We feel right now it is a prank. We went through the school and believe everything is OK,” Ezell told WLOX News Now. Jackson County Schools Superintendent Dr. Barry Amacker said the situation was resolved quickly. “The school took the n...More >>
Powered by Frankly