Updated: 02/26/2014 6:17 PM
Created: 02/26/2014 4:36 PM WDIO.com
By: Travis Dill
Construction crews are nothing new at UMD, but usually they are on campus to build something new. This week crews started demolishing some outdated apartments.
The Stadium Apartments served UMD students for 40 years. “I lived in Stadiums one year so it was nice. We lived in a double-decker apartment,” UMD's Director of Housing John Weiske said.
But Weiske didn't shed any tears on Wednesday when heavy machinery started crushing the apartments into piles of brick and rubble.
“Just for maintenance issues and those types of things I've been waiting for this to happen,” Weiske said.
He said bringing the apartments up to code with elevators, handicap accessibility and other major maintenance would have cost $12 million.
Weiske said the plan has been in the works since 2008. He said upperclassmen are moving off campus more often, but the university did need more dorms.
“So we made the plan to better accommodate our first-year students to build Ianni Hall, which has close to 300 beds for first-year students,” Weiske said.
The demolition comes after semi loads of dressers, lamps, and tables were donated to Goodwill according to Weiske.
Knocking the buildings down will free up a lot of room near Malosky Stadium. Administrators are still deciding what to do with it, but some will be used as green space along Tischer Creek according to Project Manager John Kessler.
“That's one of the ideas is to have more of an area for tailgating and game day programming for the fans, but also parking is always an issue here as well as additional sports fields. We're pretty land locked here with our campus,” Kessler said.
The demolition should give UMD some breathing room. The buildings are expected to come down by April, but officials said it could take until June for the space to turn green with grass and trees.
16,000 Homes, Businesses Without Power after Storm
More than 16,000 homes and businesses in northeastern Minnesota remain without power after severe storms moved through the region early this morning. Lake Country Power and Minnesota Power reported outages spread across their service areas.
West Duluth Garage Fire Sparks during Early Morning Storms
A garage fire broke out in West Duluth early Tuesday morning as storms swept through the Northland. Flames fully engulfed the garage as the Duluth Fire Department responded. Downed power lines also brought Minnesota Power to the scene. No injuries were reported.
Dayton Seeks Pre-Election Release of MNsure Rates
Gov. Mark Dayton is pushing to publicize prices for Minnesota's health insurance exchange ahead of the fall election. Dayton's move comes after Republicans criticized his administration for not committing to release rates before the election.
Casting Call for Movie at Soudan Underground Mine
If you want to be in a movie, you can come to the Soudan Underground Mine on Saturday for a casting call.
3rd Annual Bluegrass Festival to Benefit Kids
If you're looking for another does of the Blues, you can check out the 3rd Annual Bluegrass Festival at Camp Vermilion on Saturday.