The Rodney dorms received a temporary reprieve Tuesday, as demolition of the aging buildings has been delayed.
City officials announced last month that the demolition would begin Tuesday, but the site remained quiet, except for two men who were installing a perimeter fence.
Public Works Director Tim Filasky, in a brief written statement provided through a city spokesman, said the work was delayed to allow the contractor to finish the fence, verify that utilities have been disconnected and complete other “smaller tasks.” He did not offer a reason for why that work is taking two weeks longer than anticipated.
The demolition is now slated to begin Sept. 16.
By the end of November, the buildings will be gone, and the rubble will have been hauled away for recycling.
The work will be limited to the time frame of 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The workers will use streams of water to keep dust down, and the city will take daily air quality samples. Access to the underpass will be maintained.
All the demolition will be done with backhoes and excavators.
Once the site is clear, the contractor will begin building a stormwater pond and park, which are slated to open in fall 2020.