Near-campus apartments with ground floor grocery store to open next fall


The Hub main office on Wednesday, January 8, 2019. The apartment complex will open fall of 2019 near north UK campus. Photo by Michael Clubb | Staff

If you’ve driven past north campus in the past semester, you might’ve been alarmed by the cranes and other heavy equipment methodically erecting the city’s newest off-campus student housing option.

The Hub on Campus- Lexington apartment complex is on track to welcome its inaugural class of student renters come August 2019 as South Upper Street’s newest tenants.

Real estate company Core Spaces is hopeful that its shiny, new reincarnation of its popular Hub on Campus complex is a hit in the Lexington market. You can find similar Hub on Campus complexes in other cities from Ann Arbor, to Tuscaloosa to Gainesville.

“Core Spaces carefully selects our markets, and the designs of each property we build are as unique as the cities we choose. We knew that Lexington was going to be a great fit for our Hub On Campus properties because we’ve conducted extensive research with students to see what they want in this market,” said Core Spaces Vice President of Marketing Dominick Luciano.

Core Spaces officials say Lexington’s students are looking for more than just the basics when it comes to their home away from home, and that’s what they intend to provide.

Each Hub on Campus unit will come fully furnished, complete with private bedrooms, custom-designed furniture, stainless steel kitchen appliances, quartz countertops, an in-unit washer and dryer and even a 55-inch TV fit for the living room.

But Luciano said that the perks inside of the Hub on Campus’ units is just the tip of the iceberg.

“Where we continue to raise the bar is evident when you explore our property amenities,” said Luciano.

Hub on Campus will feature a rooftop pool and multiple courtyards that “might just be the best in Lexington,” according to Luciano.

The apartment complex will also house a plethora of study rooms, common areas, a business center and its own fitness center.

If renters choose to frequent the Hub’s fitness center, Luciano said they’ll be excited to find “state-of-the-art” equipment, in-person and virtual fitness classes, a yoga room, sauna and even a tanning facility.

But with all of these expected amenities, what does that mean for your wallet?

Students can expect lease rates at Hub on Campus to start at just over $700 a month. Core Spaces said that it wanted to keep its prices comparable to other market rates in Lexington.

“We have worked hard to ensure that while we’re offering residents the most in the market, the price point needs to remain accessible to potential residents,” Luciano said.

Aside from unit amenities, Hub on Campus is also looking to swoon potential residents with the addition of retail space on the complex’s ground floor.

Hub on Campus is partnering with Target to bring a small-format store to the complex in hopes of providing added convenience to its residents.

“We’re thrilled to be welcoming Target to the ground floor of our Hub On Campus Lexington on S. Upper St. They are a perfect partner in that residents and locals alike will appreciate the convenience that Target will inevitably add to the area. In addition, Target is slated to offer order pick-up, allowing customers to order online and pick up their items when they’re ready,” Luciano said.

In the coming months, Core Spaces will also be going to market with its remaining retail space at Hub on Campus. Luciano said that the company is excited to bring in businesses that will add to the campus community.

So with just months left until Hub on Campus opens its doors to its first renters, Core Spaces says that its glad to be calling the Bluegrass home.

“Though we’re still under construction, we have already felt the love from the community and the residents that will call Hub On Campus – Lexington ‘home,’” Luciano said. “We’re so proud to be a new chapter in the incredible legacy of this city and are pleased to be serving the needs of the UK community.”