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Things getting back to 'normal' for Toomer's Corner in Auburn

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A renovation of Toomer's Corner in Auburn, AL, will be completed ahead of the replacement of trees that were poisoned four years ago. (Source: WAKA/CBS) A renovation of Toomer's Corner in Auburn, AL, will be completed ahead of the replacement of trees that were poisoned four years ago. (Source: WAKA/CBS)

AUBURN, AL (WAKA/CBS) - A major renovation is under way at Toomer's Corner on the Auburn University campus in preparation of replacing the famous trees that died from poisoning.

Auburn students traditionally rolled the 130-year-old trees in front of Toomer's Drug Store until they were poisoned after a win over rival Alabama in 2010. Harvey Updyke pleaded guilty to the crime and served a 2 1/2-month jail sentence.

Since the trees were taken down in April 2013, Auburn University has been taking steps to completely redo the area for students and fans.

The new trees won't make their debut until the start of next year, but a big part of the renovation is getting ready for that day.

"You're going to see is new pavement, new bricks, brand new circular seating wall," said university spokesman Mike Clardy. "It's going to be expanded out a little bit so we can get more people in here to enjoy the corner.

Clardy said improvements to the soil will help the trees' roots grow better and give them a better chance to survive.

The trees should be planted in January, but it may take a few years before they're ready to be rolled.

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