FLINT, MI—The Michigan State University plans to40,000 sq. ft. at the former Flint Journal newspaper building to house the MSU College of Human Medicine’s public health program.
Uptown Reinvestment Corp., a non-profit group, bought theafter it was closed by the Journal’s successor, the MLive Media Group. Uptown plans to renovate the rest of the 120,000-sq.-ft. building into loft apartments.
The Board of Trustees for the East Lansing, Mich.-based college has agreed to pursue the lease, and is working with Uptown on finalizing financing arrangements. The base rent will be paid with a grant, according to a statement by the university. “The space in the former Flint Journal newspaper building will deepen the college’s presence in the Flint community, increasing the number of third- and fourth-year students and providing space for newly recruited MSU public health researchers,” the school said.