Kalamazoo College Master Plan

Tags: Education, Planning

In early 2010, Kalamazoo College was ready to construct a new academic facility, but the surrounding City of Kalamazoo, Michigan, would not grant a building permit. The City mandated Kalamazoo College re-zone from Residential to an Institutional Campus District before moving forward with new projects. The re-zoning process required a campus master plan, defining a framework for development, while protecting the integrity of adjacent neighborhoods.

Underlying the planning process was a contentious debate about installing stadium lights adjacent to a historic neighborhood. Holding a variety of workshops, interviews and town-hall meetings, Diekema Hamann assisted The Collaborative by gathering input from both the campus and residents of the surrounding historic neighborhood.

The City Planning Commission approved the Master Plan and re-zoning application. The College is now able to move forward with construction of both academic and athletic facilities.

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