Crowds gather to watch UofL silos come down

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Posted on August 1, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 1 at 6:10 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - The whole project including demolition and creation of the parking lot is expected to be finished by October. The university is exploring options for building something on the property, Tomlinson mentioned possibly something with sports because of the area. 

Larry Hardesty has seen the University of Louisville silos just about everyday since he was 19 years old. Today, he brought his dog to get a look at the demolition.

“I just want to see them tear them down,” he said. “I hated to see them go, but you know, it's nice that they are leaving . . . so you can see more of this nice UofL grounds.”

Hardesty was not the only one that came to see the demolition first-hand. Visitors have been stopping by Thursday and Friday.

Jason Tomlinson is the associate vice president of business affairs for the UofL. He said the university is trying to be environmentally and financially responsible by salvaging materials on the lot.

“When we put out the bids, that was part of the bid package. Not only what could they do for the code but what we could salvage and recycle of the products. There's a lot of stainless steel still inside the silos that they can salvage and sell off which will help reduce the cost of demolishing the silos,” Tomlinson said.

Concrete from the silos will be crushed and made into a parking lot. The metal on the site will be salvaged and sold. The profit will help defer the almost $700,000 cost of the demolition.

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