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Western Michigan University says it can't save the 'wings' on East Hall


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Officials at WMU have decided that the wings on either side of East Hall will also be demolished and only the original core of the building will be preserved.

There had been some hope and quite a bit of public support behind the idea of keeping the two wings on the historic building that sits on top of Prospect Hill overlooking Kalamazoo.

But WMU officials say it would have cost $30-million to preserve the wings, and that money could not be found.

They hope to turn what is left of East Hall on East Campus, with its columned entrance and its cupola on the roof into an alumni center.

It may draw protests when the University holds a second public forum on the design of the building this coming Tuesday.