Update on UofL silo demolition


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.

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Charlie Springer

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

9 thoughts on “Update on UofL silo demolition

  • July 14, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Will there be a streaming live video of the implosion of the siloes on this site? I remember there being one for the demolition of a building for the YUM! Center.

    Now that the observer is back from the tropics one can only hope…

  • July 14, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    UofL should hold a pep rally for this. Have the band play, cheerleaders starting C A R D S chants, and top it off with the demolition lever on top of a basketball goal with Montrezl jumping up and monster slamming the lever down and BOOM down they come.

  • July 14, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Assuming they do an explosive implosion; something in me hopes that they don’t go down as planned, they have been there so long it would be somehow fitting if they took their own time coming down.

    It has happened before, like in this town adjoining my one time residence in Greeley Colorado. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mz4ptLjL8hI#t=52)

    So long as nobody gets hurt later correcting the failure, I’d have a big smile if they stubbornly withstood the first attempt to fell them.

    Btw, I like the idea of making it an event too. Strike up the band, drop the silos.

    • July 14, 2014 at 6:51 pm

      I don’t want to be on I-65 when they push the plunger.

  • July 14, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    My guess is they will use a large excavator with a pulverizer or cracker attachment or possibly crane & ball. Siamese silo’s don’t bode well for explosives. Have to bring the load past center – it would work if they were 200′ tall.

    • July 14, 2014 at 6:48 pm

      Interesting perspective, Joe. Thanks for sharing your expertise.

    • July 15, 2014 at 2:12 pm


      You are correct.

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