GVSU seeks approval to purchase 11 acres to expand health campus
Caroline MacGregor November 1, 2013 | WGVU "We will be requesting the approval for about 11 acres of property just adjacent north of this building."
Grand Valley’s Chief Academic Officer talking about the fact that Grand Valley
has just no more room left in their Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences to
accommodate their health care programs. She says flexibility is key so that Grand
Valley can respond appropriately with more programs as health care evolves in
“We need some space to expand in keeping with our commitment to the community that while Grand Rapids is making such a push in the health arena, that we're able to help by creating the educated graduate students to be employed in these professions.”
GVSU is the
region’s number one source for health care workers. Each year the number of
students wanting to enter the field multiplies. The plan to purchase 11 acres
of property bordered by Hastings and Trowbridge streets and College and Clancy
Avenues in the Belknap neighborhood would give GVSU 18 acres to expand its health
programs. The university currently owns
4 acres of property along Medical Mile.
President for University Relations, Matt McLogan, says the university will
continue to show sensitivity to the neighborhood and tenants’ living in the
property Grand Valley wants to purchase.
“We want to be sensitive to the neighborhood; we want the building and processes that fit nicely with the neighborhood - we think we've improved every neighborhood of which we've been a part of here in Grand Rapids and want that to continue."
expansion is good news to the ears of nursing students, like Katie Baker.
“I am really, really excited. Grand Rapids has been expanding for a while, so I think it's really cool that we're finally going to able to get a bunch of other health sciences in, so I think that's really cool.”
Knopf, who is pursuing a doctorate in Physical Therapy, says he first heard
rumors about the purchase back in 2011 and thinks it’s a great opportunity for
“From a research aspect, I think it's really beneficial because we are limited right now in what we can do even though we do have a lot here. I think if they really plan for it, they can create a really great research facility here for us to utilize even further in our program”
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