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University Village Apartments
Miranda Metheny / KBIA

A draft of a master plan in 2008 by MU’s department of residential life recommended vacating and demolishing the University Village apartment complex by 2011, citing various “building shell deficiencies.”

The plan says that all but the more recently remodeled 702 and 703 buildings had sustained “significant structural damage and deterioration.” Along with other problems such as leaky roofs, settling, and termite damage, the plan also specifically calls out “deteriorating metal decks” as a “public safety hazard.”

University Village tenants allowed to break leases

Feb 28, 2014
University Village Apartments
Miranda Metheny / KBIA

All residents in the University Village apartment complex have been given new options regarding their leases in light of the balcony walkway collapse last Saturday. 

Wong Maye-E / Associated Press

The collapse of a factory in Bangladesh that killed more than a thousand workers caused a flurry of outrage and widespread calls for sweatshop reforms. But so did the fire four months earlier that killed more than a hundred workers at another Bangladesh garment factory.