WMU News

Trustees sign off on property swap

Sept. 30, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Acting at its Sept. 17 meeting, Western Michigan University's Board of Trustees approved a small property trade triggered by a recent reconfiguration of the West Michigan Avenue entrance to the campus.

The road project at the intersection of West Michigan and Howard Street was done over the summer in concert with the city of Kalamazoo. The work necessitated taking some of the property owned by a private business, University Bookstore, on the store property's west and north border. In exchange for that property, WMU offered a small parcel it owned immediately south of the store. Other than incidental closing fees, no exchange of funds was involved in the transaction.

In related action, the board approved easements for three private property owners whose land is on streets east of Howard Street that are now totally within WMU's borders. Two properties on Knollwood Avenue and one on West Michigan have agreed to deed a portion of their property adjacent to the streets to WMU in return for an easement giving them access to Howard Street.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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