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Demolition began in mid-August for two dorms at 711 W. Main St. (Jonathan Spiers)

RICHMOND, Va. — Demolition has begun on a 30-year-old dorm on VCU’s Monroe Park Campus to make way for a $96 million replacement.

Crews with Greensboro, North Carolina-based D.H. Griffin Companies started work in mid-August to demolish Gladding Residence Center I and II at 711 W. Main St. – two of three buildings that make up the residence center complex across from Monroe Park.

The demo is making way for a 12-story, 360,000-square-foot replacement to be built by W.M. Jordan Company for Texas-based American Campus Communities, which is developing the tower through a public-private partnership with the university.

Students moved out of Gladding I and II in May at the end of last school year.

This year’s freshmen were guaranteed on-campus housing in other residence centers, while housing for upperclassmen was determined through a lottery.

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