LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) —For nearly 20 years the property containing silos, near I-65, has been on the University of Louisville's wish list. Now two decades later they can finally check it off-- it will soon be theirs.
“I think everybody as they drive down I-65 would much rather look off and see this beautiful campus and new athletic fields, rather than 22 silos sticking up in their view,” U of L’s Mark Hebert said.
“It's part of an ongoing mission to transform and improve the University of Louisville campus. The UofL foundation will plunk down $3.3 million to buy the old Solae silo property.
“We've gotten calls from alumni and others this morning saying, ‘how soon can you tear those things down?’” Hebert said.
They've made a plan to buy the property but the next plan will be demolishing the silos. That's an expensive task, a task there isn't funding for yet.
“We are hoping maybe some movie producer or some director out there maybe wants to blow something up and take care of it. Maybe we can get a free demolition out of it,” Hebert said.
It may sound outlandish, but it's not. In 1993, the Belknap Hardware building in downtown Louisville was imploded and footage was used for the promotion of the movie “Demolition Man.”
“They can blow up the silos and they'll all come collapsing down right next to I-65 and you guys will have a big story to cover and folks will come from all around to see the buildings implode. We'll see,” Hebert said.
In the meantime--many are voicing what they hope to take the silos place.
“I'm hoping they put in wrestling at UofL so it will be a big ole gym,” Larry Davis said.
“Maybe a research building, academics buildings, there might be room for an athletic field. We really don't know what will go there but we will make that decision as we move along with the sale,” Hebert said.
UofL officials say they haven't even begun talks concerning the demolition of the silos.
They say they plan to do that after the sale is final.