Demolition begins for flood-damaged building at UI

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Crews have begun tearing down a flood-damaged historic building at the University of Iowa.

KCRG-TV reports (http://bit.ly/18lbBya ) the demolition of Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City began Monday morning with a wrecking ball striking the building. Officials say the demolition will be completed by the end of the year.

The Hancher Auditorium originally opened in 1972 as part of the Hancher-Voxman-Clapp complex. It was damaged during flooding in 2008.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is helping replace the building with a nearby structure that’s scheduled to open in 2015. The site of the old Hancher building will become green space.

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Information from: KCRG-TV, http://www.kcrg.com

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