University of Kentucky teaming up with local brewery in former Kennedy’s Bookstore space

Kennedy’s bookstore closed their doors in the winter of 2017 and the University of Kentucky partnered with a real estate group to transform the space into a large-scale parking garage with retail and “innovation” space.

University of KentuckyThe new building will be named “The Cornerstone” after campus-wide voting. The first floor of the building will be called The Cornerstone Exchange and dedicate the space to Kentucky-based businesses. The first three to be announced are West Sixth Brewing, A Cup of Common Wealth, and Rolling Oven.

“We are very excited to announce both the name The Cornerstone, which underscores the importance of this facility as a doorway to our campus, and our relationship with these local businesses,” said UK Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Eric Monday. “Each of these organizations has a strong connection to, and engagement with, the local community. They reflect the kind of supportive, collaborative environment we plan to create in this space.”

The university’s goal for this building is to maximize each students success and enhance their sense of community. Their hope is to foster solution-driven thinking and design to connect people with all types of passions and drives to further their career development in entrepreneurial fields.

The project is set to be completed by fall of 2020.



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