Some are feeling nostalgic as crews raze another set of the 1970-era dorms known as the back south or “new south” of the South Green. Eventually all 15 of the back south dorms located along the Hocking River just southeast of the South Green’s front four dorms will be leveled for new residence halls. The front four were built in 1966, but have lasted better than the back south dorms built a few years later.
Crews demolished three of the dorms last summer (Cady, Foster and Brough) and are leveling another three (Fenzel, O’Bleness and Martzolff) this summer. The work is being done in stages to avoid displacing too many students at once; the remaining dorms on the back south are to stay open until they are scheduled for the wrecking ball.
“Everyone loves their own green but I thought ours was the best,” said Kelly Forgrave, a 25-year-old intervention specialist at Tri-County Career Center in Nelsonville who lived in one of the front four dorms and often hung out with friends in the back south dorms. “We had the volleyball courts and basketball courts and we would lay out in the sun.
“I’ve toured newer buildings with some of my students and while they look amazing, they don’t have the character of the older buildings,” Forgrave said. “That character is why a lot of people come to OU. It’s so beautiful, so green.”
The housing renewal taking place on the historic campus of red-brick Georgian-style buildings, about 65 miles southeast of Columbus, is part of the university’s multiyear comprehensive master plan….
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