WMU News

Trustees authorize Grand Rapids lease negotiation

April 23, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University's Board of Trustees has authorized the administration to negotiate a lease agreement for a facility in downtown Grand Rapids.

Acting at its April 23 meeting, the board authorized negotiations with the Cherry Street Landing developers for space in a facility at 200 Ionia St. Details on the lease amount and configuration of leased space are to be negotiated. Exact academic programs that would be offered at the site are also to be determined.

"We are visualizing this as a location to offer graduate programs in the areas of health and human services and education," says Robert M. Beam, WMU vice president for business and finance. "The driving force behind this effort is the fact that we've outgrown our ability to offer new programming at our Grand Rapids Regional Center."

Beam said the University would continue to offer programs at the regional center, located on East Beltline Ave. S.E., where a number of graduate and professional programs already are housed. The new site would provide room for additional graduate offerings.

The University could begin offering programs at the Cherry Street Landing facility by the fall of 2000, Beam says.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 616 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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