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Ball State University plans to demolish LaFollette Complex

Photo of LaFollette Complex courtesy of Google street view

MUNCIE, Ind. — Ball State University is seeking bids for the demolition of a 50-year-old group of residence halls on campus.

The Muncie Star Press reports the university has issued notices to bidders for demolitions and asbestos abatement to begin May 8 at LaFollette Complex. The estimated $3.4 million project is scheduled for completion September 29.

The university’s director of housing and residence life, Alan Hargrave, says the nine-story-tall complex opened in 1967 during the nationwide expansion in higher education to accommodate baby boomers. Similar residence halls were built in the 1960s to hold as many students in as small a space as possible.

Today, the complex houses 1,900 students, most of whom are freshman. Mysch/Hurst Hall and Woody/Shales Hall will be the first of five buildings in the complex to be destroyed.