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University of North Alabama is tearing down residence hall to make way for new student housing

Oct. 9, 2023
LaGrange Hall will be razed, and a $23.9 million, 192-bed facility will be built in its place.

The University of North Alabama in Florence has begun the demolition of LaGrange Hall, a former residence hall, and build new student housing in its place.

The TimesDaily reports that the university's board of trustees has approved a $23.9 million project for a new residence hall with 192 beds.

The university closed LaGrange Hall in 2015.

The Flor-Ala reports a planned remodeling of the facility had to be delayed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Because of concerns about toxic mold, the university dropped remodeling plans and decided to tear the building down.

"We cannot salvage LaGrange Hall in its current situation," said Trustee Marty Abroms, chairman of the board's Finance, Facilities, and Personnel Committee.

Trustees say North Alabama is experiencing record enrollments and more students wanting to live on campus. The enrollment this semester is estimated to be 10,600.

Officials says the university has 400 to 500 students in affiliated housing off campus.

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