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Toomer's Corner plans could be finalized Friday

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Auburn University officials are updating their renovation plan for Toomer's Corner.

A blanket of toilet paper on trees is a sign of unity at Toomer's Corner. The Toomer's Oaks have been gone since last April. Auburn says the soil where they were is still polluted.

 “The soil is still contaminated there,” said Mike Clardy with Auburn Communications. “But, the exciting this is, this Friday we put a proposal in front of our board of trustees to really stretch this thing out and start redesigning Toomer's Corner.”

The new plan would delay planting of new trees until after the 2014 football season.

It is kind of disappointing,” said Auburn alumnus Brent Westlake. “One of the coolest traditions at Auburn is having the Toomer's trees to roll after games. We didn't need them this year. Obviously, it worked out. It was really cool to have the send off at the A-Day game.”

Phase one of the renovations would be to open up the Corner towards Samford Hall and built a circular wall for seating.

The area where the soil was contaminated, under the new proposal, would be going away. But, the brick gates that are the gateways to campus, they are going to stay.

Phase two would involve planting the new trees. Auburn fans say they missed the trees last season, but that didn't stop the celebration.

“ Even with the ticker tape cable things they put up, it was really, really cool at the Iron Bowl when there were thousands and thousands of people congregated and rolling them and any green item we were able to find,” said Westlake.

Even when the trees get planted, Auburn says you will have to wait to roll them.

“These trees are going to need several years to establish roots. It won't be this year,” said Clardy. “It won't be next year either. It could be the year after. It's hard to say. It depends on the size of trees and how quickly they grow.”

The Board of Trustees will vote on the proposal Friday at the Auburn campus in Montgomery.

Dayne Young

Dayne is a sports anchor and reporter for WRBL. He started covering the Chattahoochee Valley in September 2012. More>>

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