Four of BYU-Idaho’s women’s dormitories will be torn down, and the space will be used as a parking lot.

Of the six women’s dormitories that housed students for over 50 years, Annie S. Kerr Hall, Sarah Ann Barnes Hall, Edna Ricks Hall and Virginia H. Perkins Hall will be torn down during Spring Semester 2016, according to BYU-I University Relations.

The new parking lots will create 250 parking stalls for the university.

“Beginning the week of April 10, the Pioneer Lot and Manwaring East Drive Lot will be closed for parking,” according to BYU-I University Relations.

The Manwaring East Drive will stay open to traffic for the Manwaring loading dock during the demolition. The Smith Loop however, will be closed during that time.

Because the demolition will be cutting the number of faculty ‘A’ stalls, parking stalls that require an ‘A’ tag, in the Pioneer and Manwaring East Lots, the entire Kimball Lot will become ‘A’ parking only. This change will be permanent.

Courtesy photo | University Relations

Courtesy photo | University Relations

Because the demolition will also cut down on the number of ‘N’ Lot stalls available, fewer tags are going to be sold in order to maintain the same tag-to-stall ratio.

The parking lot is expected to be finished during Fall Semester 2016.

The dormitories were named after influential women who helped establish BYU-I. The signs used to designate the dormitories in honor of these women have been preserved and will be given to the families of the women for whom they were named.

BYU-I has invited the living relatives of the women after whom these buildings were named to a memorial event on April 11 at 11 a.m. in the Marwaring Center Special Events Room.