WVU's spring break came to an end Sunday, and many students returned to see a big change in the popular Sunnyside neighborhood. 5 News went to Morgantown to see what students had to say about it.
The University cleared a large section of the Sunnyside neighborhood over the last week, taking down houses on the 200 block between Grant and University Avenues. Over 100 students had to leave their homes because of the 70 million dollar project, University Place. While WVU offered incentives to get students to move into alternative housing throughout the city, some say they feel the University rushed people out of their homes.
"My one friend was living in a house way down there and they shut the water off on them, they shut the heat off on them, and then they tried to contact the people and they said, 'oh their switched over to the University now'," said Nica Morrison, a Freshman at WVU.
The demolition also gets rid of the popular neighborhood bar Mutts. Some feel the decision to put University Place in the center of the heavy party scene was an effort to stop drinking and poor behavior by students.
"People will party anywhere, it doesn't matter where you take down, theres just as many parties going on on High Street or any other place," said Morrison.
While the demolition is hard for some students to watch, they say new facilities would benefit the area.
"A gym or something over here, or a supermarket, so it would be closer to students, Freshman mainly because they don't have cars and what not," said WVU Junior Derek Antonucci.
WVU has confirmed that university place will include a grocery store and town-house style housing. They plan to have the facility completed by the fall of 2014.
To learn more about WVU's construction projects, click here.