GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Hundreds more college students will pack downtown Grand Rapids starting next week, as Western Michigan University temporarily shuts down its Graduate Center-Beltline location.
The campus on East Beltline is expected to remain closed for seven months during extensive renovations, displacing approximately 550 students. Beginning Jan. 12, those students will take spring classes at WMU’s Graduate Center-Downtown, doubling the WMU population at that location.
"We're excited to welcome Beltline students and faculty to the downtown location," says Roxanne Buhl, regional director, WMU-Grand Rapids. We're certain they will enjoy everything the downtown area has to offer, while local businesses will have the opportunity to serve new customers with the increase of students over the next seven months."