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Kalamazoo Public gets early look at preliminary plans for the renovation of East Hall


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- A community wide battle has been waged and lost over most of the buildings on WMU’s East Campus. Yesterday about 3-dozen residents and alumni turned out to take a look at early plans for the buildings that may survive, and to comment on how they might be improved.

Architects only have vague blue areas in their floor plans with no designated purposes and have focused more on the landscaping outside than the restoration inside.

VP for finance Jan Van Der Kley says they do have financing. They sold bonds worth 15-million dollars last week. But V.P. Bob Miller says that 15-million is only for the central section of East Hall, the wings will cost extra.

Each one will cost about 10-million dollars to restore the exteriors and upgrade the utilities.That money will have to be raised from the community and from alumni, and there are no guarantees.

You can get a look at the three options they are considering at mywmu.com/alumnicenter. You can comment on the plans at that site.