University Apartments fall to wreckers and fade into memory

Nearly half of the University Apartments on North Pleasant Street has disappeared in recent days as a demolition crew tears down the 60-year-old and long vacant brick complex originally built to house new faculty during the post-World War II GI Bill enrollment boom. The Minuteman Marching Band offices were located here since the Old Chapel was closed in 1997.

The $1.2 million project includes removal and safe disposal of hazardous materials, such as lead paint and asbestos, as well as the razing of the 37,000-square-foot structure, he said. The contractor on the project is NASDI, LLC of Waltham.

A 4,400-square-foot garage building formerly used by Housing and Residence Life will also be taken down and 1,000 feet of steam line connecting the complex to the campus distribution system will be removed. All of the materials from the building demolition, such as brick, cement, windows and metals, are being separated for recycling as much as possible.

Once the structures are removed, a 90-space parking lot will be placed at the site. The entire project, paid for with University funds, is scheduled for completion in May.

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