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FAMU Plans To Demolish 54-Year-Old Paddyfote Complex

Pictured here is a brick building.
Provided By Andrew Skerritt
Florida A & M University
Florida A & M University will tear down a more than fifty-year-old building. It's part of a plan to replace outdated residence halls with newer ones.

The Paddyfote Complex has housed students for generations. But soon, Mad Dog Construction Company will reduce the building to rubble as part of its $915,763 contract with FAMU. In a statement, the college's vice president of Student Affairs, William Hudson, said older facilities like the Paddyfote Complex are more expensive to maintain and renovate. And he said they aren't compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

"Right now, the area will be used for parking until we can secure funding for new housing," Hudson said.

The demolishing of the Paddyfote Complex is part of the university's long-term plan to replace outdated residence halls with newer ones.

“Today’s students want modern facilities," Hudson said.

FAMU encourages alumni and students who lived in the Paddyfote Complex to share their memories and photos of it on social media using the #FAMUFoteSoldiers, and #FAMUPaddyfoteMemories hashtags.

Robbie Gaffney graduated from Florida State University with degrees in Digital Media Production and Creative Writing. Before working at WFSU, they recorded FSU’s basketball and baseball games for Seminole Productions as well as interned for the PBS Station in Largo, Florida. Robbie loves playing video games such as Shadow of the Colossus, Animal Crossing, and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. Their other hobbies include sleeping and watching anime.