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Friday, September 2, 2011

VCU demolition update - Part 1

At first glance, I almost thought VCU had started to renovate this 1889 building that I first posted about a few months ago, rather than demolish it. But the side street being closed, the dumpster, and all the fencing said otherwise. A quick look on the internets led me to the story that confirmed my suspicions: The building (and the one behind it) is still coming down to make way for an extension to the dorms next door.

What bothers me most about this is how sneaky VCU has become with tearing these old buildings down. From a Greater Jackson Ward News post a few months ago:
"Because the building at Broad and Gilmer is not state property, it is owned by the VCU Real Estate Foundation rather than the university, it is not subject to review by her department.

The department (of Historic Resources) was made aware of the VCU plans as a courtesy but had no formal role because foundations by law are considered private entities."
Stay classy VCU.

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