(04/16/14) - Delta College made it official Tuesday night - the school's Board of Trustees voted to choose downtown Saginaw as the location for its Saginaw satellite campus.
So where in the downtown area will the campus be located? One site appears to be the frontrunner.
"We have a two mile radius of a zone that we are looking at in downtown Saginaw," said Delta College President Jean Goodnow.
Goodnow recommended that downtown zone for Delta's new Saginaw area campus to replace the aging Ricker Center in Buena Vista Township. By an 8-1 vote, the trustees agreed.
In its presentations to Delta, the city of Saginaw pitched just one location in the area known as downtown - the Downtown Saginaw Farmer's Market site.
"The city does own that site," said Tim Morales, Saginaw city manager.
Morales says Delta would get the land for no cost and be able to build a brand new facility.
"Close to a lot of businesses that the college could collaborate with, and have potential partnerships with, and that's true of a lot of locations in downtown Saginaw," he said.
If this site is chosen, Morales hopes to keep the Farmers Market downtown. So does the chairperson of the Farmers Market, Julia Darnton.
"Delta coming downtown and all of the other development coming downtown, we would love to be part of it," she said.
Darnton says the tents will be up and the market will open on May 23, but if Delta decides it wants to build here, she is looking at options.
"We have some contingencies of where we could potentially locate the market," she said.
Delta could also look at existing structures in the downtown area, like the former Jacobson's building. Regardless, the new campus will be in Saginaw, where luxury apartments are being finished, construction has started on one of two CMU medical schools and several other developments projects are in the works.
"It's been a great week for Saginaw," Morales said.
It's not clear when Delta will make its decision on where the campus will be located.
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