Proposed site for Grand Valley State University's expansion.
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Grand Valley State University has announced plans to buy 11 acres near Medical Mile.
GVSU Provost Gayle Davis made the announcement late Thursday afternoon. The property is north of the Ford Freeway, bordered by Hastings and Trowbridge streets and Clancy and College avenues northeast north of I-196.
Friday, Grand Valley State University officials will ask the GVSU Board of Trustees to approve the purchase of the land. It will be used to create a healthcare education campus.
"Our health programs are at capacity and we need to make more room for students who want to go into these fields," said Davis.
The proposal indicates the purchase price will not exceed $18,900,000 for the property. If the board approves the purchase, tuition will not be raised to pay for it.
University leadership has been planning and saving for the expansion of health care programs, and the Campus Development Fund will be used to finance the purchase.
Homes are currently on the land the university wants to purchase. "We will be building maybe within the next 5 or so years," said Davis. Right now GVSU officials say they do not have enough space and need to turn away qualified students.
The people we talked to in the neighborhood say they are excited about the expansion. Rich Little has lived in his home for 25 years. His wife, Sue has lived there for 17 years. "I see it as an improvement for the neighborhood I really do a lot of rental units over here," said Little. The couple says they think the neighborhood is ready for a change.
As far as the money offered to them for their property, Rich Little says the price was fair, "I wouldn't have said yes if it wasn't fair. Do I wish I could have gotten more, yea I wish I could have gotten more. Everybody does."
GVSU officials say it development won't begin for several years. In the meantime, they want to see the neighborhood remain strong and viable.