Trustees reauthorize borrowing for building projects

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KALAMAZOO—The Western Michigan University Board of Trustees approved a motion July 25 to authorize the University administration to enter into one or more loans or unsecured line of credit agreements to finance all or a portion of the costs related to two construction projects.

The projects are:

  • Phase II of the Western View student residential living complex, construction for which is just beginning this summer.
  • Renovation of a building at 300 Portage St. in downtown Kalamazoo that is owned by WMU and being leased by the WMU School of Medicine.

Both authorizations call for a repayment of the principal within three years. The amount for the Western View project is not to exceed $8.5 million and any loans or lines of credit would be considered an obligation of WMU's general revenue funds. The amount for the medical facility is not to exceed $30 million, but such loans or lines of credit will not be a general revenue obligation.