WMU News

Public session Nov. 17 focuses on interim plan for campus growth

Nov. 12, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- A public session has been set for 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, in 2020 Fetzer Center to give community members a chance to provide feedback on this vision of the University that has been created as part of the continuing master planning process.

The Ann Arbor consulting firm JJR Inc. has created a plan for how the campus could develop over the next 20 to 25 years. The plan integrates months of discussion with campus groups that began in February and is about 75 percent complete. Major elements include: (1) a redistribution of housing and parking; (2) changes in East Campus parking and access to buildings; (3) location of an indoor athletics practice facility and game/practice fields on South Campus; (4) development of South Campus that could include the College of Health and Human Services as well as student housing; (5) space reserved for a vehicle/pedestrian/bicycle bridge over Stadium Drive to connect South and West campuses; and (6) the preservation of Goldsworth Valley with existing parking and intramural fields and additional daylight-only intramural fields.

Key recommendations include a ring road on South Campus; making Stadium Drive a boulevard with a central water feature; open space along a West Campus mall; and more inviting points of arrival and entrance to the campus, including those at Stadium Drive and Howard Street, West Michigan Avenue and Howard Street, and Oliver Street and Stadium Drive. More information and drawings of the plan are available at <www.wmich.edu/masterplan>.

Media contact: Mike Matthews, 616 387-8400, michael.matthews@wmich.edu

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