Changes ahead for Trade Centre Development

Changes are underway at the 32-acre property at the northwest corner of I-94 and South Westnedge Avenue in Portage that is home to two office buildings, a Courtyard by Marriott, and Homewood Suites by Hilton. 

The next phase of the development, a 100,000-square-foot office building, recently received site plan approval. The project will break ground later this year on the property that Roger Hinman and Joe Gesmundo purchased in 2003.

Meanwhile, when the University of Phoenix moved out of 950 Trade Centre Way it created an opening for Spring Arbor University.

Spring Arbor University has been serving the students of greater Kalamazoo area since 1998, with classes in business, nursing, organizational management, social work, and counseling. Spring Arbor was in its former location at 3497 S. 9th Street for over a decade before deciding to move.

“By relocating to the Trade Centre, we are continuing our focus to improve the student experience by enhancing our education with a functional and intentional space,” says Troy Van Go, executive director of Spring Arbor’s western region.

Because the Trade Centre space was previously used for educational purposes, Spring Arbor was able to take advantage of the existing infrastructure left behind by The University of Phoenix, including the classrooms and furniture.

"Our students will experience a more updated facility, improved communication infrastructure, and exceptional equipment and furnishings,” says Van Go. “All in all, this is a great space that will create a dynamic venue for our professional and graduate studies. 950 Trade Centre is also easy to find, being that it is a visible landmark from I-94 and S. Westnedge Avenue."

Source: The Hinman Co.