Michigan State University to expand health program in Downtown Flint

The old Flint Journal building is currently undergoing a renovation.

Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine is taking over the old Flint Journal building.

The new Flint campus will anchor MSUâ??s public health program and downtown neighbors couldn't be happier.

Ashley Macdermaid is all ready to welcome downtown Flint's newest neighbors.

â??I'm really excited about it.â?? says Macdermaid. â??I think we've got a prime location,â?? says the bartender at Flintâ??s Table & Tap restaurant. Sheâ??s hoping MSUâ??s Flint students will stop by for a drink or two.

â??Theyâ??re down here during the day time so they're going to be down here eating lunch,â?? says Macdermaid.

â??There will be more people working and learning in downtown Flint,â?? says Neal Hagerty, programs manager for C.S. Mott Foundation.

At least 100 more people will take classes at the old Flint Journal building.

Theyâ??ll get hands-on experience at Hurley, McLaren and Genesys medical centers.

â??It helps solidify the downtown area with more students, more professionals,â?? says James Buterakos, chief academic officer at Hurley Medical Center.

â??Itâ??s an opportunity to grow, an opportunity for growth in our healthcare and economic development sectors,â?? says Hegarty.

The Mott Foundation is ensuring that growth with a $9-million grant to MSU for the expansion.

â??Itâ??s going to give the program permanence here in Flint,â?? says Hegarty.

And if you ask Macdermaid, it's money well spent.

â??Itâ??s like a lot of energy, a lot of buzz, a lot of new faces all the time,â?? says Macdermaid.

MSU expects to take over the building this November.

Flint is now MSUâ??s third public health campus behind Lansing and Grand Rapids.