BY RACHEL SHULHAFER
After being an iconic eyesore for the better part of a century, the 22 silos along I-65 will be torn down on Monday. The University of Louisville bought the 15-acre piece of land in January for over $3 million, something they have been wanting to do for decades. Before they were able to purchase the property, they did what any other Louisvillian would have done: hung huge banners on each silo that spell out “University of Louisville,” and a giant poster of T-Will and other notable ex-Louisville athletes. These banners are what turned them into a landmark, but no matter what was hung on them, they were still giant concrete cylinders that weren’t very pretty.
The demolition should be done by October, but no long-term plans for the property have been made yet. As of now, it will be turned into a gravel parking lot to be used for games at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. However, there’s talk of it eventually being turned into another athletic palace, student housing, or academic buildings.
Once the silos are gone, the thousands of drivers that travel on that span of the highway each day will have a better view of the ever-expanding Belknap Campus, instead of a concrete structure that often made the entire area smell like old peanut butter and dog food.