UNA faces dilemma with demolition of residence halls

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FLORENCE, Ala. - The University of North Alabama has a problem.

If you’ve driven along the west side of UNA’s campus you likely noticed a growing mound of debris. Crews are tearing down the old married housing to make room for asphalt.

University officials said the debris will have to sit there for a few more weeks because there is no place to put it.

“Unfortunately the case is most of that debris is going to stay on site until about November 8th when the landfill opens up here in Lauderdale County and we can start depositing the refuse there,” stated University Communications Director Bryan Rachal.

102816-ld-una-residence-hall-demo-630pm-pkgDespite not having a landfill, Rachal said crews can’t slow down. They are on tight schedule to get the debris riddled lot ready for parking.

Engineers have laid out 215 parking spots to go here and be ready by January 10th.

“One of the issues that we are going to be facing is laying the asphalt in December,” Rachal explained. “As you know with concrete or asphalt in winter months you can get some cracks in there, you want to make sure you do a good job.”

So the clock is ticking to get this debris field removed, and these bulldozers cranked up.

This is just phase one of a $3-million project on the university campus to improve parking. In all, they hope to add more than 450 new parking places when all three phases are complete.