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The future of the massive silos on the eastern edge of Belknap Campus is a little more certain today.

The University of Louisville Foundation has reportedly requested bids for the demolition of the 22 silos which have been located there for more than 60 years. The foundation purchased the property after the Solae Corporation ceased operations there in early 2013. The company had maintained giant UofL banners on the silos since 1998.

“Once we get those silos down, folks will have a great view of the University of Louisville Belknap campus that, as most people know, has been totally transformed in the past couple of years,” UofL spokesman Mark Hebert told WFPL in December.

Upwards of 60,000 vehicles pass the site daily on Interstate 65. The removal of the silos, which can’t come soon enough for many people, will indeed provide more visible recognition of the school’s role as one of the most involved and beloved institutions in the community.

Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

3 thoughts on “UofL wants silos gone

  • March 19, 2014 at 12:27 pm
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    Working in the rubber manufacturing business, one vacation I took my family and swung through the Rubber Mecca, aka Akron, and stayed in the Quaker Square Inn (converted silo): http://www.quakersquareakron.com/
    Though I enjoyed the experience, the family was not impressed with the silos, the Goodyear Rubber Museum or Akron itself. We’ve never gone back.

    I wonder if anyone at UofL gave any thought to this kind of reuse?

    As I recall, years ago abandoned silos in the vicinity of East Broadway were considered for conversion to residences….yet another Derby City Dream that never materialized.

    • March 19, 2014 at 12:39 pm
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      Tom, they’ve had a few years to think about all the options. I, for one, will be glad to have an unobstructed view of the campus for a change.

      • March 20, 2014 at 10:25 am
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        Make no mistake, I, too, wish them good riddance! Having also endured 5 years of enduring the over-cooked porridge smell of the emissions from the accompanying processing plant while attending Speed School, fond memories of this facility are few!

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