MU Bridge Collapse Should Have Been Demolished Earlier

| March 7, 2014
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University of Missouri records show a master plan for an apartment complex where a firefighter recently died recommended in 2008 that the complex be demolished because of its poor condition.

Columbia fire department Lt. Bruce Britt died at University Village Feb. 22 as he was evacuating residents after part of a walkway collapsed.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reportsĀ  documents it obtained indicated the university was concerned about the condition of the complex for years, and work orders for the walkway were filed last year.

The authors of the 2008 draft plan recommended the complex be demolished by 2011 because it was too expensive to renovate.

University spokesman Christian Basi says University Village is popular with graduate students with families because it is close to campus and is low cost.

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