Historic Univ. of Ala. landmark demolished

TUSCALOOSA, AL - TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - A University of Alabama landmark that stood for more than four decades was brought down in a matter of moments.

About 1,000 people gathered to watch the demolition of Rose Towers. Many shared their memories this week about their time at the dorm before 400 pounds of strategically placed explosives brought down the 13-story building.

It will take about two month and 2,500 truckloads to clear the dusty 50,000-ton pile of debris. Rose Towers was demolished to clear the way for the second phase of the Presidential Village, two- and four-bedroom suite-style student housing.

The Tuscaloosa News reports (http://bit.ly/LmWxYv) that project will house 870 students and is set to open in 2014.

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