- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A recent walkway collapse at an apartment complex for graduate students and their families has led more than 500 people to ask the University of Missouri to move a child-care center to a safer location.

The Columbia Daily Tribune (bit.ly/1cRBPrJ ) reports that 549 people have signed a petition concerning the day-care center after the fatal walkway collapse. Twenty-three-year city firefighter Bruce Britt died after he fell from the second-floor walkway at University Village in late February.

Another petition seeking the complete renovation or demolition of University Village has nearly 100 signatures.

A structural engineering firm working for the university attributed the collapse to weather damage and a construction flaw in which excess air remained inside the concrete slab.


Day-care center parents are scheduled to meet privately with university officials Wednesday.

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Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune, http://www.columbiatribune.com