MSU to demolish former Grand Rapids Press building
Grand Rapids — Michigan State University plans to demolish the former home of The Grand Rapids Press newspaper as part of plans for a new biomedical research center.
The East Lansing school’s Board of Trustees on Friday authorized demolition of the downtown Grand Rapids building that the university acquired in 2012.
The former newspaper building is on a roughly 4.3-acre site that’s immediately west of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine’s Secchia Center. Demolition is expected to cost $3 million. The newspaper’s offices earlier moved from the building.
Officials at Michigan State University next year plan to recommend construction of the Grand Rapids Biomedical Research Center on a portion of the site. The rest of the property may be divided for future use by the university or private developers.
The university says demolition is scheduled to begin in March and wrap up by next December. Pending approvals, the school says the new Grand Rapids Biomedical Research Center is planned to open late 2017
Vennie Gore, the university’s vice president for auxiliary enterprises, says in a statement: “Demolition allows MSU to build a facility that best achieves the goals inherent in biomedical research that requires high tech laboratories and allows for the site to have maximum flexibly for future development.”
The College of Human Medicine opened the Secchia Center in 2010. The $90 million, privately-funded facility was constructed specifically for medical education and isn’t designed to accommodate research laboratories. The project was part of long-range plans for the area.