By KASEY TYRING

kasey_tyring@mymail.eku.edu

One of the most prominent billboards Eastern has, it’s water tower, is getting a facelift along with four other water towers in Richmond.

The change is part of the Town and Gown initiative is one that strives to make the relationship of universities and the town in which they reside mutually beneficial.

At a news conference announcing the change, Eastern President Michael Benson said the water tower was an advertisement staple for the university.

“When I first arrived here I notice the prevalence of water towers all over Kentucky,” Benson said. “Especially here in our community, of course they serve a very utilitarian purpose as it relates to our water supply, but also they provide a really unique opportunity to provide some advertising and connection between the university and the city of Richmond.”

The first tower to be repainted will be the one behind Alumni Coliseum. Currently, the tower has the old Eastern Logo with the kicker K. Benson said the plan is to update the lettering and add an image of the historic Keen Johnson Building.

Marc Witt, university spokesman, shows sketches of the new water tower at a press conference Monday, Nov. 25.  JOSH KOCH/PROGRESS

Marc Witt, university spokesman, shows sketches of the new water tower at a press conference Monday, Nov. 25. JOSH KOCH/PROGRESS

The second tower to change will be the one down the bypass.  It will include the city of Richmond lettering as well as the new Eastern logo.

“As the university goes, so does the city of Richmond and vice versa,” Benson said.

The end result of the project will be new designs on four Richmond towers. All four will have something about Eastern on them and two of the water towers will have the collaboration of the city of Richmond and Eastern.

Richmond Mayor Jim Barnes said it was important to show the relationship between the university and the community. Barnes said he was excited about the new project.

“I think this is the beginning of a bunch of positive things you’re going to see between the city or Richmond and our community and Eastern Kentucky University,” Barnes said.

 

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