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January 20, 2015

Upcoming meetings

Students, staff and members of the MSU community are invited to attend feedback sessions on the Spartan Village Redevelopment project.

During these sessions, progress on the project will be shared, along with time to provide feedback about student needs and a question and answer session.

  • February 17 – Meeting with RHA at 6 p.m., Wilson Essex Room
  • February 17 – Meeting with the Spartan Village community at 7:30 p.m., 144 Spartan Village Community Center
  • February 18 – Meeting with COGS at 5:30 p.m., Clinical Center on Service Rd., Room 219A
  • February 18 – Meeting with RHA at 7 p.m., General Assembly Meeting, MSU Union Lake Huron Room

Any questions about the upcoming sessions can be directed to Kat Cooper at


Sept. 11, 2014

MSU chooses site for new student, family housing

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Following an in-depth feasibility study that engaged students, residents and other university and community stakeholders, MSU has selected a new site to build student and family apartments – the former Michigan State Police Post at the corner of Harrison Road and Kalamazoo Street.

At the heart of the project is the academic success of students, said Vennie Gore, vice president for Auxiliary Enterprises. Enhanced access to campus resources, improved circulation paths and upgraded modern amenities were themes cited in the study by stakeholders.

Other considerations in the project include the safety and security of residents, play and recreation space for families and access to campus resources. Three campus sites were considered for the new development by the feasibility study team: the current Spartan Village site, the former Cherry Lane and Faculty Bricks locale and the State Police post.

“Based on the feedback from residents, students, the university community and campus planning, this site was ultimately selected,” Gore said. “It best meets the needs expressed by all of our constituents and will allow MSU to provide the best possible connections to campus for these students, alongside the amenities that are now in demand.”

The 2008 Residential and Hospitality Services Strategic Plan cited the need to close the current Spartan Village Apartments, which houses student families along with single students. The 2013 update to the plan reaffirmed that initiative, as the buildings (opened in 1956) have outlived their useful life and needed major improvements to meet current standards.

In the fall of 2013, the Board of Trustees authorized the administration to move forward with planning for redevelopment, as the need for student and family apartments is crucial to support the residential experience of the university. This summer, the board endorsed the site selection.

The project will serve as an opportunity for the university to create a comprehensive plan for the property.

“We will investigate other potential adjacencies and synergies for the site,” Gore said. “We are excited to plan for the future of campus living while exploring other resources that may be centralized to support university activities.” 

The cost of the project and the future of the current Spartan Village site has yet to be determined. An architectural firm is currently in process of being hired, with the project to now move into schematic design. Trustee approval will be sought on the plan in 2015, with construction to follow and an anticipated completion date in 2017.


March 10, 2014

MSU Engages Leading Architectural and Design Firms for Spartan Village Redevelopment

Michigan State University’s Residential and Hospitality Services is pleased to announce that they have selected an architectural and engineering firm as a partner for the redevelopment of the aging Spartan Village apartments. SHW Group and Encore Architects together as a team will lead the feasibility study and site evaluation for the project.

This architectural and design team is uniquely qualified to fulfill this role – SHW Group is one of the leading architectural, engineering, and planning firms in the nation, consistently ranked by Engineering News Record in the top five firms in the higher education market.

SHW has extensive experience on campus, successfully completing the renovations of Bailey, Rather, Armstrong and Bryan Halls in the Brody Neighborhood. Encore has designed mixed-use, multi-family and student housing for decades and carries a strong national reputation in this market. Their combination of national and local experience will allow MSU to succeed on our world-class mission.

This project, which was authorized to plan by the MSU Board of Trustees in October of 2013, will enhance the academic and cultural experience of MSU student families while serving as a valuable recruiting tool that can attract the best and the brightest to study in East Lansing. As with all of MSU’s projects, an open process and community engagement is a cornerstone of the project’s goals.

Spartan Village Redevelopment Site Selection Press Release (DOCX)