BOWLING GREEN (WTOL) - If you regularly drive along east Wooster Street in Bowling Green, you’ve probably noticed some changes over the past few months. A long term “facelift” is in progress for the area off I-75.
“The East Wooster street corridor is going through a complete facelift at the moment,” said Joe Fawcett, the Assistant Municipal Administrator for the city of Bowling Green.
Aside from the I-75 roundabout projects, multiple homes have been torn down across the street from BGSU.
Bowling Green State University has demolished eight buildings just within a matter of months along East Wooster. Most of those buildings were student housing.
BGSU owns the now vacant land and will decide next month what happens with the property, with the help of city officials. Talks of another green space to make East Wooster more welcoming are among the options.
“Those eight buildings are buildings we determined that over time we would better off have a green space type of environment,” said Bruce Meyer of BGSU Campus Operations.
A green space is also what became of Harshman Quadrangle on the other side of the street, another former living spot for BGSU students.
But university leaders say they are still plenty of living options for students, and the homes they tore down were not conducive.
“From our standpoint, some of the buildings were just dilapidated they were to the point where they were in disrepair and that’s allowed us to clean up things a bit,” said Meyer.
The city of Bowling Green agrees and says these demolitions are vital to their end goal.
“The removal of those properties is a big help to any effort helping in that corridor,” said Fawcett.