The Butler tract buildings, bounded by Harrison Street, Hartley Avenue and Sycamore Road, were constructed in 1947 as temporary housing for returning military personnel. Over the years, they have been modestly upgraded, and some ‘new’ units were built in the 1980s. As recently as spring 2015, all units were being used for graduate student housing.
The completion of our new Lakeside Graduate Housing complex has eliminated the need for these aging units. This project includes the demolition of approximately 113 structures (360 residences), disconnecting the utilities serving the properties, and capping off the utility infrastructure. The current roads, sidewalks, fencing and street lights will remain in place. Water service will be maintained to supply fire hydrants and hose bibs as needed to establish plantings. Trees will be removed in accordance with the landscape plan and meadow grass mixes will be planted to supplement the remaining trees.