UI seeking permission to tear down University Athletic Club, University Preschool buildings

UI seeking permission to tear down University Athletic Club, University Preschool buildings
KCJJ Staff
11/08/18

University of Iowa officials are seeking to knock down a pair of buildings on campus.

The UI had previously made known its desire to tear down the University Athletic Club building as part of a major renovation which will upgrade the Finkbine Golf Course clubhouse. Athletic Director Gary Barta has previously stated the new clubhouse will allow the university to host NCAA championship-level events.

But officials will also ask the Board of Regents next week for permission to go-ahead with razing the building at 212 Myrtle Avenue, currently home to University Preschool. In Board documents, university officials say the current childcare providers are not interested in renewing their lease due to the deteriorating conditions of the aging structure, as well as a dwindling customer base.

The former house was built in 1920 and officials say they have no use for its more than 2700 square feet of space. It is almost entirely surrounded by parking lots.

Officials say once each building is razed, the properties will be left as green space.