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KVCC bringing health campus to downtown Kalamazoo
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Where there is now just parking lots and fields there will soon be a campus devoted to healthier living, adding to what is becoming a health and medical corridor in Downtown Kalamazoo.
Kalamazoo Valley Community College will use three acres across the street from Bronson Hospital for a culinary school and other classroom training.
It will use more than eight acres near the Kalamazoo Public Safety building off of Crosstown Parkway for food growing, production and distribution.
"I think it's win, win, win for everybody," says Mike Way with Bronson Healthcare.
Way says it was an easy decision to donate the land for the project to KVCC because it ties into its larger mission.
"Health prevention and healthy eating and healthy living and that's where this campus becomes complementary to the medical side of health care," says Way.
And the new $42 million campus will help Bronson meet its goal of getting 50% of the food it uses from local sources.
It also ties into what is becoming a medical neighborhood in Downtown Kalamazoo, with Bronson there and the WMU Medical School soon opening nearby.
All together the area will no doubt boost the Kalamazoo economy with jobs and investment, but even bigger could be the long term lifestyle changes.
"If you look out decades into the future I think it will be interesting to see how we've impacted the health of the community with initiatives like this," says Way.
There will also be a mental health clinic on Vine Street as part of the new campus. Construction is expected to start in the spring.