A local college plans to construct a $70-million building downtown to accommodate growing demand for health care education.

Grand Valley State University’s Board of Trustees approved the project on Medical Mile at its July 14 meeting.

The new five-story building, at 333 Michigan St. NE, will be next to GVSU’s Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences.

The 160,000-square-foot building will extend the capacity of GVSU’s College of Health Professions and Kirkhof College of Nursing.

Construction is scheduled to begin in June 2018, with the opening set for May 2021.

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