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University of Kentucky opens new dorms

Lex. Mayor Jim Gray spoke during a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for the new UK residential dorms, Central Halls I and II, at the intersection of Hilltop Avenue and University Dr. in Lexington, Ky., Friday, August 16, 2013.Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff
Lex. Mayor Jim Gray spoke during a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for the new UK residential dorms, Central Halls I and II, at the intersection of Hilltop Avenue and University Dr. in Lexington, Ky., Friday, August 16, 2013.Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff Herald-Leader

The University of Kentucky on Friday unveiled two new residence halls built as part of a public-private partnership. The $25.8 million Central Halls I and II were built and will be managed by Memphis-based Education Realty Trust, or EdR.

Students living in what UK President Eli Capilouto called "the first of many new villages at UK" will be treated to Tempur-Pedic mattresses and microwave-fridge combo appliances in each room.

UK said these digs also offer the latest in technology — including laundry facilities that allow students to get computer or cell phone updates on machine availability and the status of their wash loads.

The first students will begin moving into the new dorms Saturday morning, but the largest wave of move-ins across campus will be Aug. 23 and 24, UK spokesman Jay Blanton said.

Classes begin Aug. 28.

KARLA WARD

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