Parents petition MU to move day-care from University Village

Mar 11, 2014

University Village Apartments
Credit Miranda Metheny / KBIA

  A recent walkway collapse at an apartment complex for graduate students and their families has led more than 500 people to ask the University of Missouri to move a child-care center to a safer location.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that 549 people have signed a petition concerning the day-care center after the fatal walkway collapse. Twenty-three-year city firefighter Bruce Britt died after he fell from the second-floor walkway at University Village on February 22.

Another petition seeking the complete renovation or demolition of University Village has nearly 100 signatures.

A structural engineering firm working for the university has said the collapse happened because of weather damage and a construction flaw in which excess air remained inside the concrete slab.

Day-care center parents are scheduled to meet privately with university officials Wednesday, March 12.