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WMU gets ready to build second phase of residential complex

By the fall of 2013 the second phase of the Western View complex on the WMU campus will be open for residents.

Details of the second phase of the project, to be built immediately west of the first phase, still are in the planning stages. What is known is that it will have two or three new residential buildings and a community building for all Western View residents.

The 330-bed apartment-style complex offering collegiate housing to upperclassmen and graduate students at Western Michigan University opened in the fall of 2011. It was at full capacity nearly a year before it opened.

Both phases of the project have been fast-tracked. Formal groundbreaking on the first phase was at the end of May 2010.

As details of the second phase of the development become available, plans will be posted here along with other information that outlines housing and dining resources on campus and recent accomplishments in those areas.

During a meeting of the WMU Board of Trustees in April, WMU President John M. Dunn discussed and broadly outlined plans for campus housing and dining enhancements. His basic message to the community at that time was to "stay tuned" as new projects are announced and brought online with an aggressive timetable.

"We are very excited about moving ahead quickly in the coming months to address the current demand for on-campus housing," says Dr. Diane Anderson, vice president for student affairs.

Writer: Kathy Jennings, Second Wave
Source: Cheryl Roland, Western Michigan University
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