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ERIC Number: ED358887
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 21
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The Arcadia Commons Partnership: The Community College and Economic Redevelopment.
Schlack, Marilyn
The Arcadia Commons (AC), in Kalamazoo, Michigan, is a business-education park developed through the combined efforts of Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC), area business and financial institutions, and the Kalamazoo Public Museum, who together formed Downtown Kalamazoo Incorporated (DKI). KVCC's involvement resulted from the need to find new space for its downtown satellite campus, which had been offering basic skills and employee training and retraining courses. AC project funding came from DKI members and through a federal grant and special city business tax. Among the AC projects and partners are the following: (1) a five-star hotel, formerly a convention-hotel-retail complex refurbished by the Upjohn Company; (2) KVCC's downtown center, which will serve more than 5,000 students and complement programs on KVCC's main campus; (3) the West Michigan Cancer Center, a joint venture of Kalamazoo's two regional health-care providers; (4) refurbishment of the offices of the Visiting Nurse Association of Southwest Michigan; and (5) a business incubator, housed in a historic structure, and jointly sponsored by the DKI, the City of Kalamazoo, the Kalamazoo Chamber of Commerce, and the Creating Economic Opportunity Council. The capstone for the AC is the $20-million, educational New Museum, under the stewardship of KVCC, with hands-on exhibits exploring the science, culture, and technology of Southwest Michigan. In addition, the project has returned the formerly underground Arcadia Creek to the surface, expanded parking, and rebuilt the downtown storm-drainage system to prevent flooding. Promotional materials, photographs, and AC ground plans are included. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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