WMU Campus History

Parkview Campus Master Plan ~ 2000

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Cover of Parkview Campus Master Plan, 2000 Click here to view pre-construction aerial photos of Lee Baker Farm and Asylum LakeLee Baker Farm Photos

bullet In 1998 Western Michigan University received proposals from the cities of Kalamazoo and Battle Creek for locating and constructing a new classroom and research building for the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and for relocating the paper pilot plant housed in McCracken Hall.  The Battle Creek proposal placed the new facilities near the existing WMU School of Aviation Sciences in Battle Creek. 

bullet The city of Kalamazoo proposal, which President Elson S. Floyd accepted, located the new facilities on the University's Lee Baker Farm.  A portion of the land was to be developed as a research and technology park with research ties to the University, and the Asylum Lake property to the north would be reserved for passive recreation uses.

bullet Plans for developing the Lee Baker Farm were quite extensive.  The site had no usable existing utilities or roads.  The city committed to improving the local access to the site; the anticipated increase in traffic required the upgrade and widening of Parkview Avenue and Drake Road. 

bullet In order to minimize the environmental impact on the adjacent neighborhoods, the university committed to "buffering" development of the property with 70 acres of no-build zone between the campus and the Parkview residential neighborhood.  The university also committed to minimizing 'light pollution', enforcing environmentally responsible landscaping standards, and collecting and filtering all stormwater runoff before allowing it to drain into the watershed.


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