SVSU is still “in the process” of opening its new downtown Saginaw location.
In October 2019, the SVSU Board of Control agreed to allocate up to $275,000 for the leasing and renovating of 208 S. Washington in downtown Saginaw. The university acquired the location to be used for
academic purposes, as well as for community involvement and outreach.
During their October meeting, members of the Board of Control said the building was expected to be operational and holding classes during the winter 2020 semester.
J.J. Boehm, the interim executive director of University Communications, said SVSU is still working on opening the new location.
“We have come to terms on a lease of the building, and we are making renovations,” he said.
Boehm said he believes the renovations and other preparations should be finished in February. He said that it will be ready for use by the end of the semester if everything goes according to plan.
“In terms of our planned uses for the building, we expect our social work program to begin using it quickly once it is available, as it is a natural fit for their curriculum,” Boehm said. “Other academic departments also have expressed interest in service-learning courses that could tie into the downtown location.”
Boehm said SVSU also is looking down the road and analyzing potential future uses for the building. The university is looking into which organizations might be interested in using it, since one of the main goals of the project is the outreach of SVSU initiatives and community involvement, he said.
“Over time, we also expect that offices with community outreach responsibilities will use the building, such as admissions, OLLI, Saginaw Community Writing Center, Center for Community Engagement, the Carmona College of Business and others,” Boehm said.