July 09, 2015

Nine vacant buildings scheduled for demolition

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Demolition of nine vacant buildings on the Southern Illinois University Carbondale campus will begin next week. 

Originally built as private residences, the buildings formerly housed university offices and studios. Two of the structures date to 1930, and five were built in the 1940s. 

“Due to their age, these buildings have become increasingly expensive to maintain,” Kevin Bame, vice chancellor for administration and finance, said. “Demolishing the buildings makes sense from a budgetary standpoint, and this will enhance the appearance of these areas.” 

Weather permitting, demolition of all the structures should be complete by the beginning of the fall semester. Total demolition cost is $317,000. 

The buildings are located at: 

  • 804 S. Elizabeth; built in 1930, acquired by SIU in 1965 
  • 803 S. Oakland; built in 1945, acquired in 1967 
  • 805 S. Oakland; built in 1948, acquired in 1973 
  • 807 S. Oakland; built in 1940, acquired in 1973 
  • 1002 W. Whitney; built in 1961, acquired in 1977 
  • 910 S. Elizabeth; built in 1950, acquired in 1965 
  • 1000 S. Elizabeth; built in 1930, acquired in 1980 
  • 807 S. Normal – front and back structures; built in 1940, acquired in 1970