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GVSU To Develop Pedestrian Mall On Downtown Campus

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Grand Valley State University will transform Mount Vernon Avenue in downtown Grand Rapids into a pedestrian campus, featuring a pathway, green space and a bike trail.

During its February 26 virtual meeting, the GVSU Board of Trustees approved the redevelopment of Mount Vernon Avenue between Fulton and Watson streets on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus. 

The Mount Vernon redevelopment project will include a new pedestrian pathway with tables, benches and a non-motorized bike trail. 

The pathway will connect four GVSU buildings: Peter F. Secchia Hall, Winter Hall, the L. William Seidman Center and the Bicycle Factory.

There will also be plaza areas with raised planters, seat walls, art walls and green space for student recreation and university events.

Grand Valley owns all properties adjacent Mount Vernon.

The $3.9 million project is scheduled to be finished by August and will be funded through the Strategic Capital Reserve Fund.