U of M moves closer to demolishing nine buildings, some historic

On Thursday a board of regents committee reviewed a list of nine buildings University of Minnesota officials want to tear down.

They include:

The last three buildings are considered historic, so the U put together Environmental Assessment Worksheets on the properties.  The board of regents seemed to think that was enough, and voted against requiring the U to provide a more in-depth Environmental Impact Statement for each building.

The regents will take a final vote on whether to allow the U to tear down the buildings at their June meeting.  If they give the go ahead, the buildings will be demolished this summer.

U officials also want to mothball the oldest building on campus, Eddy Hall, until they come up with enough money to update the iconic building. The U of M says it has no intention of ever tearing down Eddy Hall.

You can see why the U of M is ready to do away with these old buildings in a story I did in March for MPR News.

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