MSU’s Expansion in Grand Rapids Reflects Growth

MSU’s expansion in Grand Rapids, Flint reflects growth in medical school’s research

We are always happy to hear about continued growth and expansion in Grand Rapids. This growth will affect the Grand Rapids real estate market in a positive way as well as the impact it will have on the various shops and business around town.

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Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine’s expansions in Grand Rapids and Flint reflect the school’s burgeoning research programs as well as growth in opportunities for medical students, school officials said.

In Grand Rapids, the collaboration among MSU, the Van Andel Research Institute, Spectrum Health and St. Mary’s Health Care has proven valuable in recruiting top scientists, said Jeffrey Dwyer, senior associate dean for research.

“If there was at one time a question about this community’s ability to recruit top scientists, I think that question has been answered,” he said. “Our success in recruiting has been precisely because of the wealth of opportunity everyone brings to the table.”

In the competition for top talent, “it rarely comes down to money,” he said. Rather, the opportunities available and the community’s quality of life generally are deciding factors.

MSU recently announced plans to buy The Grand Rapids Press building at 155 Michigan St. NW, which is just west of the College of Human Medicine’s headquarters in the Secchia Center. The $12 million purchase includes five parking properties for a total of eight acres.

In the short term, the purchase will provide parking for students and faculty and, in the long term, more space for research, Dean Marsha Rappley said.

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