GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Michigan State University’s board of trustees has authorized the demolition of the former Grand Rapids Press building in downtown Grand Rapids in order to build a new laboratory for its medical school.
The decision to raze the building, located on 4.3 acres on Michigan Street NW between Ottawa Avenue NW and Monroe Avenue NW, was announced Friday morning.
The demolition will pave the way for the Grand Rapids Biomedical Research Center, which if approved, would be located west of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine’s Secchia Center, according to a release from MSU. the project has been budgeted at $3 million.
Demolition on the former Press building, which MSU purchased in 2012, is expected to begin in March and will continue through December 2015. The school’s release said the new laboratory is potentially scheduled to open in late 2017.
School officials said that pending approval, the new building would only occupy a portion of the site, and the rest of the property could be developed in the future.