On Thursday a board of regents committee reviewed a list of nine buildings University of Minnesota officials want to tear down.
- A former church and now classroom building at 1701 University Ave SE on the Minneapolis campus.
- Houses on both campuses including the Berry House and Weigley House in St. Paul.
- An office building on the Minneapolis campus called Klaeber Court.
- The Norris Gymnasium and Field House.
- Wesbrook Hall in the heart of the U’s Minneapolis campus.
- The Veterinary Anatomy building (pictured above) on the St. Paul campus.
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.