September 27, 2010 12:00AM
In the coming weeks, a few familiar structures on the PSU campus will be coming down. A contractor from Ottawa, Kan., is expected to begin razing the old East Campus Apartments (married student housing) at Ford and Homer streets, two apartment buildings at Ford and Joplin streets and an apartment building at 1603 S. Elm Street soon.
"The East Campus Apartment buildings have been vacant for several years, and have been used by the university for storage," according to Paul Stewart, director of facilities planning. "It has been our plan to remove those structures for quite a while."
The apartment buildings on Elm and at Ford and Joplin were acquired by the university over the past year.
"Whenever contiguous property becomes available, the university looks for opportunities to square-up its boundaries and meet its needs for space," said Steve Erwin, associate vice president for campus life and auxiliary services. "The acquisition of the apartment buildings fits well with our need to develop parking on the campus periphery."
Razing the old East Campus Apartments will allow for surveying work to take place as one of the first steps in the eventual construction of a fine and performing arts building, Stewart said. The land on which the apartments at Ford and Joplin and 1603 S. Elm now sit will be devoted to parking.