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Plan to tear down old Fort Bragg barracks delayed

Posted June 17, 2009

— Fort Bragg again postponed a plan to tear down a Korean War-era barracks Wednesday.

Fort Bragg officials said the barracks, which saw its poor condition publicized on YouTube, will be one of 13 demolished this week.

The scheduled work was delayed because of problems with equipment. An official said the demolition may begin Thursday.

The barracks demolition process began last week with interior prep work that included asbestos abatement and the removal of environmental hazards, such as mercury thermostats, smoke detector batteries that contain acids and florescent lights because they contain Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB).

The debris for the barracks will be taken to Fort Bragg's landfill where 75 percent of it will be recycled.

The demolition of all 13 barracks is expected to take four to five months.

The infamous building drew national attention last year when it was filmed by the father of an 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper.

The video showed peeling paint and mold, a torn toilet seat and a soldier trying to unplug a floor drain that appeared to be clogged with sewage. The barracks had been repaired by the time then-President Bush visited the post in May 2008.


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  • Bob3425 Jun 18, 2009

    itls-- you have no clue what your talking about, soldier do tried to keep the building up. When you leave for a year or more at a time maintenance does fall behind (no excuse) mostly civilian work force does that work maintenance work. I would also said that building the new barracks will put some jobs out there (secondary), primary thing is those servicemember earned and deserve those new building.

  • WHEEL Jun 17, 2009

    There are plenty of buildings in this state older than these that are still quite servicable. The difference is that the occupants had some pride in them and maintainance was done when necessary. Neither condition apparently existed at Bragg.

  • 5-113 FA Retired Jun 17, 2009

    What about the 1930's-era barracks that are "reserved" for the NC National Guard? And these whiners are crying about a clogged drain and peeling paint!!! Give me a freakin' break!!! The military I enlisted in, you maintained your building as if it were your home.

    Put the sissys in a GP medium out at All American drop zone and see just how fast those Korean War-era buildings become habitable.

  • lmatt34 Jun 17, 2009

    yes it might cost us to tear those dilapadated buildings but so does the war in the Middles East too. Which would you rather see your soldier in good living conditions or over there fighting a war that should be over by now!!! We keep spending millions of dollars on that,where things in the US need to be looked after too.

  • appgrad95 Jun 17, 2009

    Don't tear them down! Use them as "new" prison quarters. Make prisons more like Army basic training, and we'd have a lot less crime.

  • wattsun Jun 17, 2009

    I bet the plunger that the soldier is using in the picture cost the army 500 bucks!

  • goose Jun 17, 2009

    OK...why don't people plan ? How much money was spent to "repair" these barracks before President Bush arrived last we tear them down. Why didn't we just tear them down to begin with? STUPID WASTE because nobody in government has a PLAN.

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Jun 17, 2009

    here's the BEST PART.....THOSE building were being scheduled to be torn down a while back, but thanks to this story here on WRAL, the ARMY was basically forced to spend about 2 million dollars in "renovations" on those just a couple of years later, they're being destroyed. SEE...they were to the point that they didn't want to spend those millions of dollars for just a few months, and they were trying to just keep patching the issues....well, now that money is don't beat your chest to much WRAL, you cost the taxpayers big time with this one!

  • honakura Jun 17, 2009

    It makes it seem as if because of the viedo they are tearing them down...they are re-building all the barracks at Bragg.

  • gopher Jun 17, 2009

    Our military deserves better than this. They should get the best medical care free or greatly reduced, like them peoples in congress.