Release Date: Aug. 26, 2009
Street Closure Set for Two Blocks of Dena Drive on ASU Campus
Barricades will be placed on Dena Drive between Varsity Lane and Van Buren Street on the Angelo State University campus Sunday (Aug. 30) as the first step in permanently closing those two blocks of Dena.
The two blocks that will be closed are on land owned by Angelo State. The closing is part of the preparation for demolition of University Hall on Sept. 20. The area is being cordoned off to provide a safety zone when the building is imploded.
Once the debris is removed, the section of campus around the University Hall site will be re-designed and landscaped to provide more recreational and gathering areas for ASU students and visitors. The ASU Pavilion will be moved from its current location to the south to open up the University Mall area.
As part of that overall campus plan, the two blocks of Dena between Varsity and Van Buren will be permanently closed.
University Hall, long known on campus as the Women’s High Rise, opened in 1968 at a cost of $4 million or $39.01 per square foot for the 103,883-square-foot building. The facility was vacated after the summer of 2004 because of the increasing maintenance costs. Three separate consultant studies showed that both renovation and/or conversion to another use were also cost prohibitive. The residence hall housed 490 students each semester during its life span.
A contract for the demolition was awarded to ARC Abatement Inc. of Garland earlier this year. If the demolition schedule holds, University Hall will be imploded shortly after sunrise on Sunday, Sept. 20.