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Demolition of East Campus to begin
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Demolition of the historic East Campus at Western Michigan University is set to begin this week, possibly as soon as Monday.
The area is fenced off now and West Hall appears to be gutted and ready to be taken down.
The hearing center is expected to be the first building to fall. Next up will be West hall, with others on East Campus to follow.
Western Michigan University officials plan on saving and renovating East Hall and turning it into an alumni center, but they say renovating the other buildings would be too expensive.
All weekend protestors were out, trying to raise awareness and hoping university leaders will have a change of heart.
They say the university was founded there and this would be a huge loss for the campus.
"Once you tear down history, you can't rebuild it. Western was founded right here where we're standing right now," said protestor Nicole Thebo. These buildings are a huge landmark. We need to save them, we have to preserve what is left."
Leaders here at Western say while they are going to renovate East Hall, the other buildings are simply too expensive to maintain.
We are told demolition is scheduled for this week. Weather is playing a role in the plan.
Right now (Monday morning) equipment is in place and ready to roll.
We'll keep you updated.