Reconfiguration of University Ave. at Beverly Ave. & Third Street
The large gray building in the image above (taken in January 2015) represents a radical change that took place in residential Sunnyside between the 1950s and the 1990s. The gray building, a former automobile dealership, stands at the intersection of University Avenue, Beverly Avenue, and Third Street. Having become a pizza shop in the 80s and student rental apartments in the 90s, it now stands smack dab in the way of infrastructure upgrades to University Ave. and has to go. Down it came in June-July, 2015, to make way for a total reconfiguration of University Avenue at its intersection with the above named streets to accommodate high vehicular and pedestrian flows into and out of the new University Place apartments and the University Place Parking Garage. The first set of photos below depicts its demolition. What comes in its place will be depicted in photos as the reconfiguration of University Ave. occurs between July 2015 and the beginning of WVU's fall term in August 2015.
Demolition begins on July 6. New parking garage in background.
Demolition begins with removal of the roof nex to the house on left. The aim is to keep debris from falling on and damaging it.
Down it comes one bite at a time.
Chomp, chomp, chomp!
Quite a contrast with by-hand demolition which took weeks rather than hours.
View from Beverly Avenue as machine picks up debris for loading to trucks for the dump.
September 6, 2015. The remains of 2183 University Ave. which had to come down to make it possible to reconfigure the intersection of U. Ave, Beverly Ave., and Third St. The next step will be installation of a massive water management system, including both storm water and sewage. We'll keep track of that. By the way, in the upper left of this photo you see a high cement wall. That is the main retaining wall for the American Campus Communities main residence hall.
September 16, 2015. The retaining walls and footer work (left in photo) is for the main building of the ACC units to be constructed. To the right you can see the cement catch retainers for stormwater and other water services.
9-16-2015. Another view of water related provisions at Beverly Ave. being installed by the Morgantown Utility Board (MUB).
9-16-15. Many, many projects going on at the same time makes it a very confusing picture to the looker-on.
September 28, 2015. This photo depicts three major projects going forward together--reconfiguration of U. Ave. at Beverly and Third St., the widening of U. Ave. at the Parking Garage, and the American Campus Communities project on the left up the hillside in this photo.
October 7, 2015. The main ACC building takes shape as work continues on University Ave. itself. The project is slated for completion on October 15; rain delays have been frequent over the past two weeks and that deadline may have to be extended.
October 20, 2015. The graded area in the center of this image is where the Pontiac Garage turned student rental apartments (the first image on this page, above) stood and was demolished.
November 17, 2015. University Ave. is now open for traffic. The main building of the American Campus Communities development grows exponentially, as does the rest of the ACC site above it. See the ACC page.
University Ave. with final coat of paving 12-2-2015
University Ave. through the new intersection and up Wiles Hill. 12-2-2015
Intersection of Beverly Ave. & Third Street with U. Ave. Beverly goes out along the side of the hill. University Ave. goes up at a steeper climb.