COLUMBIA, Mo. (KSDK) – The apartment complex where a walkway collapse led to the death of a 23-year veteran of the Columbia Fire Department will be demolished sometime this summer, according to a news release from the University of Missouri.
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The University Village Apartment Complex will close on June 30 and will be torn down at an unspecified date. Residents will be able to terminate their leases without financial penalty anytime before then.
The complex was built in 1954. Documents obtained by NewsChannel 5 earlier this month show multiple walkways at the complex were in danger of collapsing.
In a news release, Mizzou claims that an inspection has revealed that all buildings are safe for occupancy.
"It's important to note that even though we have made this decision, the facilities have been declared safe by licensed, professional engineers," University Chancellor R. Bowe Loftin said in a news release. "The safety of our students and their families is the University's top priority."
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Also closing will be the Student Parent Center, a student fee-funded child care service. Of the 29 children currently enrolled in the center, 16 are the children of students.
Several campus organizations are tasked with discussing the feasibility of future child day care services on campus.