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UofL says no timeline for taking down silos

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The University of Louisville Foundation made the negotiations and commitment to buy the old Solae plant. Actually tearing down the 22 silos will not only be expensive, but difficult. The University of Louisville Foundation made the negotiations and commitment to buy the old Solae plant. Actually tearing down the 22 silos will not only be expensive, but difficult.
Mark Hebert Mark Hebert

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The University of Louisville committed to buying the silos and land that line Interstate 65, a block from Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, but when will it happen? Mark Hebert with UofL says they don't have a timeline right now.

"It's going to be a lot of money and we do not have that money right now. The foundation doesn't have the money right now to tear them down," Hebert said.

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The University of Louisville Foundation made the negotiations and commitment to buy the old Solae plant. Actually tearing down the 22 silos will not only be expensive, but difficult.

"Those silos are almost all concrete with a steel interior and they were built to withstand explosions like for grain or something that would be put inside," Hebert said. "So you know they may be 2 or 3 feet thick walls, it's going to be tough to tear those things down."

Originally used for storing soybeans for the Solae plant, they withstood the stresses of a city growing up around them for 94 years, a perfect backdrop for a Hollywood explosion.

"Maybe some movie producer or some director or someone wants to blow something up they can take care of it. Maybe we can get a free demolition out of it," Hebert said.

As for what will happen the material used to make the silos Hebert said, "If the metal inside the silos can be recycled and used maybe someone can be interested in tearing them down for the recycled material inside."

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