West House will not be demolished in Fall 2006 after all. The planned parking deck that it was standing in the way of has been taken off the drawing board. Surely the West House Coalition, headed by the indefatigable Jeffrey Beam with strategic assists from Sen. Ellie Kinnaird, deserves some of the credit.
University officials caution that it would be "premature" to assume West House will never fall to new development. But this news is certainly good news. At the least, it buys time for some creative thinking about alternatives (including relocation to another campus site).
Please consider adding your name to the Coalition's petition in support of West House's continued existence as part of UNC's future Arts Common.