Yes, that is an actual tree nestled in the concrete maze that is the old Solae silo complex adjacent to the University of Louisville campus.
A close inspection of the site Monday revealed that the administrative offices have already been removed and that the demolition process appears to be proceeding on schedule. The demolition, being conducted by New York-based NorthStar Group Holdings LLC, is scheduled to be completed by by Oct. 28. (Click on photo for expanded view).
The contract with the University of Louisville Foundation calls for general site clearing including crushing concrete from the silos and plant into gravel. The gravel will be spread across the 15-acre site, with the property used, in the short term, for parking for UofL football games.
The guard at the gate, a courteous and patient individual, could only tell us that the demolition of the silos “could begin any day now.”
Whether the the fate of the tree and the shrubbery are protected in the contract is another question. Their survival would provide a start on landscaping and, possibly, a nice tailgating mecca for a couple of football fans, at least for a while.