Serving 5,000 students in nursing and health related fields means Grand Valley State University is ready to build.
There was a late afternoon announcement today at GVSU's Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences to detail their intentions for 18 acres by I-196 in the vicinity of the center. Grand Valley already owns about 1/3 of that land, as the picture indicates. Four acres are adjacent to the center and the parcel in white is north of the freeway. Grand Valley's Board of Trustees will be asked to approve purchase of more than 11 acres in an area bounded by Hastings and Trowbridge Streets, along with Clancy and College Avenues. That points to near $19 million dollars of property acquisition. The board meets at their Detroit Center tomorrow afternoon to consider the proposal.
Provost Gayle Davis said there's more demand for their training than their facilities allow. "We will be building maybe within the next five or so years, but this is a future that we can stretch out to 25 or more years to build the health campus here in the Grand Rapids area." She said the facilities will serve programs currently in demand and "maybe additions will be things we can't even imagine at this point."