Midwestern State University is making room for new construction

Midwestern State University is making room for new construction
Previous lot before construction Source: MSU
Previous lot before construction Source: MSU
Previous lot before construction Source: MSU
Previous lot before construction Source: MSU
Previous lot before construction Source: MSU
Previous lot before construction Source: MSU
Source: KAUZ
Source: KAUZ

WICHITA FALLS, TX - Changes are coming to Midwestern State University with the construction of a new building, but not without some changes first.

The university is in the first stage of expanding to make room for the changes, by tearing down three houses across the street from the university to provide more parking.

This is something that Director of Public Information, Julie Gaynor, said is a long time coming.

"Most people knew that we would eventually build some parking," said Gaynor.  "I think our campus community is excited because it's one of the things we hear about a lot is more parking."

Starting this summer, the university plans to tear down the McGaha Building on the north side of campus along with taking some of the parking lots across the street to make way for the new health sciences building.

That is why three university-owned homes across from MSU have been torn down, along with one next to campus to make up for the lost parking.

"We do know that anytime we start a project we need to make sure that we can replace the parking that is displaced making it easy for them to get to their class," said Gaynor.

Gaynor said the University is always looking to grow, so they pay close attention to properties they can use to do so in the future.

"We've had boards through the years that have realized that we would need room to grow, and where we can, and the zoning areas where we can," said Gaynor.  "We've taken a very close look at the properties that can be bought knowing that we would need to expand."

Gaynor told Newschannel6 when it comes to the people living in that area, the university strives to be a good neighbor, so whenever they do something like tearing down houses, they are sure to reach out to the people that live in that area to answer any questions.

The university hopes to break ground on the new health sciences building sometime this fall.

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