Regents approve land purchase

Adriane Hardin

Western will spend $158,000 this year to buy three pieces of property bordering campus. The Board of Regents approved the land purchase at the body’s meeting last month.

The land is located on Forrest Drive, Normal Drive and Chestnut Street.

University administrators would not speak in detail about how the property will be used, but did say it will be held for future use.

“We will use the property for the growth and expansion of Western,” said John Osborne, vice president of Campus Services and Facilities. “We are holding them in inventory for future use.”

The regents also accepted a 44-acre land donation from Bowling Green resident Sallie Carwell. The property, located on Hadley-Cohron Road, will be used as a teaching and research center by the biology department.

The land is home to a variety of ecological habitats including grasslands, fields and woods that will be used for field research, said Richard Bowker, biology department head.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our students, and we are really excited about it,” Bowker said.

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