BOONE – The 67-year-old Justice Residence Hall will be torn down in the summer of 2020, according to a resolution passed by the Appalachian State Board of Trustees on July 25.
“The demolition of Justice Hall is necessary to complete the third phase of the university’s residence hall project currently under way, and which was previously approved by all applicable state authorities,” a July 25 statement from ASU said.
The news was conveyed at the meeting by Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs Paul Forte, who said the hall will be torn down and won’t be imploded like Winkler Residence Hall was in the summer of 2014.
“The state has already approved the overall project, which included the demolition of Justice, Bowie, Eggers and several other dorms, but because each time we take down each individual building, under UNC System policy as well as state law, we are required to follow this process,” General Counsel Paul Meggett said. “It is simply a time issue for when it gets done. This happens with every single building, whether we build one or take one down, we have to follow this process every single time.”
Forte said the timeline will be presented to the board at a later date, but noted the demolition will start after spring 2020 classes finish in early May.
Forte said ASU will seek to start the process of approving the disposal of the other six residence halls slated for disposition – Bowie, Coltrane, Eggers, Gardner, Winkler, Justice and East – as soon as summer 2020 with demolition slated for summer 2021.
The demolition of Justice Hall is a part of the $191 million public-private partnership (P3) between ASU, private developer RISE and nonprofit asset manager Beyond Owners Group to replace seven longtime residence halls with four new residence halls that will result in a total replacement of 2,100-2,200 beds with a few hundred of those accounting for a small net increase. All the residence halls but East are on the west side of campus.
The first two buildings part of the P3 project, currently known as 100 and 200, are currently under construction and scheduled to open in fall 2020. Building 100 is on the corner of Jack Branch Drive and Stadium Drive, directly across from Gardner Hall. Building 200 will be further along Jack Branch Drive, near Bowie and Eggers residence halls.