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Western Michigan University to renovate East Hall, raze other east campus buildings


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- It's a good news and bad news situation for Western Michigan University.

The good news is the ailing East Hall has firm plans for renovation.  The bad news is parts of the rest of east campus will have to be razed.  Originally, tax credits had been sought out that would have preserved all of east campus, but those have since expired.

In a press release, WMU President John Dunn says East Hall will be renovated and made into an alumni center.  The remaining buildings that had been under consideration for renovation will be demolished to make way for parking and green space near the new alumni center.  In all, West Hall, North Hall, and the Speech and Hearing Center will be razed.

Dunn calls it an extremely difficult decision, but hopes that the renovation of East Hall will revitalize that part of campus.